ArtVandelayy wrote:UnamSanctam wrote:ArtVandelayy wrote:For anyone considering Michigan, I'll give you my take as a young 1L: the people are terrible. Pompous, conceited, know-it-all, etc.
I came here searching for collegiality and friendly people but have yet to encounter either, unfortunately.
I don't know. I can see this argument but I think it's all in perception. Tell me more.
Much of my opinion has been formed on the people in my section/4-section classes. Sections are so restrictive that there could very well be people I'd get along with that I've just never met.
Regardless, it's been a pretty average semester. I have no desire to spend any time at the school once I'm finished with class. It kinda sucks.
I think you may be misinterpreting things. During UG I transferred from a backwoods hillbilly college to a "selective" institution. I felt out of place b/c everyone else seemed to have had immaculate pedigrees and I had a high-school GPA of 1.9. I only hung out with two or three people because I thought others were stuck up and fake. In retrospect, I was just shutting myself out because I felt threatened and insecure. Perhaps my undergraduate experience is analogous to what you're going through now; perhaps not.
I never really bonded with most of the folks in my 1L section at Michigan either, but for different reasons than at UG. My section was very friendly. The distance was due to my personality (I'd rather read a book than party) and my family situation (married w/ kids) and not due to them being unfriendly, exclusive, stuck up, or anything like that. Generally people were nice and friendly and I'm sure I would've been included if I had sought to be. That being said, around finals time people in all sections get stressed and some people are rude and edgy. But surely this happens at every law school. The majority of people do the best they can to remain civil. If you happened to land in a section with a bunch of edgy gunners, that sucks, but things really do get better after 1st semester, and much better your second year.
If you want hang out with your classmates, perhaps take the initiative and give it another shot. If not, PM me and we'll grab a beer in January (I'm poor until then).