englishfire3 wrote:Pufer, thank you for your insight! I'm definitely not into alcohol really, so that might be a little bit of a struggle for me.
I really wouldn't worry about it too much. We have a few students kicking around (a couple mormons, and various other folks) who abstain from booze completely, and it's not like the majority of the remainder is getting blitzed all the time. You don't have to drink to be accepted into the CU Law community.
englishfire3 wrote:And I also think I might miss a lot of the diversity I'm used to.
I hear you. I came to CU from New Mexico, where I lived most of my life surrounded entirely by Hispanics (I grew up down in the ghetto, going to 90+ percent minority schools; even UNM had a very large percentage of minority students).
Even though CU doesn't have all that many non-white faces in the hallways, admissions is still pretty dedicated to coming up with a diverse group of students. The lack of racial diversity in the law school (and there is a fair bit of that, don't get me wrong) is made up for by the diverse cast of characters who attend the school. I really wouldn't worry about not being able to study with interesting folks from a multitude of backgrounds.
It's really the lack of diversity in the surrounding community that gets to me more than any lack of diversity at the law school. Of course, more diverse areas are a short drive away, so you can still hang out with all the nonwhites you'd like to, just not necessarily in Boulder.
englishfire3 wrote:I'm curious, does the nature filled campus help you focus your energies towards studying? That sounds quite odd, and I'm not sure if that came off the way I wanted it to. I mean does the fact that CU is in the heart of the mountains and surrounded by nature, does that affect you in any way? (positively or negatively?)
First off, campus is nice and all, but it wouldn't hardly be mistaken for a nature preserve or anything. I wouldn't say that the campus itself is any more nature-filled than the campus of any other university in the mountain west.
As to the surrounding area, I find a certain aesthetic appeal in being close to the mountains (I'd really prefer not to live anywhere else - I don't care about water or open expanses of territory), but I'm really not much of an outside kind of guy, so I probably don't get as much use out of the ready access to trails or lakes or whatever that most folks do. I've also always been around mountains, so perhaps some of their extreme attraction to other folks is lost on me.
That said, most folks really do get out and do outdoorsy stuff pretty frequently, and I think that really keeps the overall stress level at the law school down. There's always the option at CU to just say fuck it and go for a hike in the middle of the day if all the studying is getting to you.