PennBull wrote:elterrible78 wrote:I am almost certain this question has been asked, but it'd be great if someone could humor me (and I do know what the search function is). Is the whole "collegiality" thing at Penn overblown, or have you all found it to be a pretty accurate characterization of the atmosphere?
This is my favorite question from prospective students haha...it's definitely not overblown. Penn seems to attract certain kinds of students. We definitely party a lot, enjoy being around one another, are very relaxed, never talk about grades and stuff like that unless it's with a close friend, have ZERO problems with malicious gunning (we have the occasional asshattery in class, but in my section I am proud to say we didn't even have that. We were all chill and completely void of gunners. Section 3 represent).
It is a very fun and relaxed atmosphere. Absolutely blew my mind this year how a law school could end up this way.
As I always say, I can't speak for other law schools, but it is definitely a fun and super friendly environment Penn has created, and you'd enjoy it.
Thanks very much for your perspective, I really do appreciate it! It sounds like a great atmosphere that I would, as you said, enjoy, because I enjoy life so much more when I'm around people who don't think it's a zero-sum kind of endeavor. I had read here, there, and everywhere else about the collegiality thing but it's kind of hard to buy, so I really do appreciate a firsthand account from someone who has no reason to try to sell it to me.
How is living in Philly in general, and the area around campus in particular? What kind of rent could someone expect to pay for a decent 1 BR close enough to bike to campus? And speaking of overblown, how about concerns regarding crime/safety? I personally am not all that concerned myself because I've spent a lot of time in a lot of shitty places, but I am curious.
Thanks again for helping out. Penn is way, way up there on my list of schools I'm interested in, for a variety of reasons.