fishdude wrote:In general, as someone who has had firsthand experience at Harvard, there is a certain douchebaggery that pervades the whole campus. It can't be entirely avoided, but to a large degree it can be made tolerable if you maintain a sense of humor. My thinking is that while Harvard is far from the perfect place, it just opens too many doors to pass up. I'm pretty confident I can find some good people there -- I did this weekend, including both current students and admits.
I am not sure if douchebaggery is the right word. It can feel intimidating, and there is not an overall sense of a happy little community. If you don't put in any effort, I think it is pretty easy to fall through the cracks and not make a connection to anyone. But if you put in the effort, you will find some pretty friendly, down-to-earth people. I made some amazing friends in undergrad (and met my husband!) who were very supportive and not at all egotistical.
The cost of the housing is a negative, but I think that Boston is a nice place to be and it has pretty good public transportation. For those that want to live near campus, don't forget about HRES.
A side note: I laughed when I saw that they were having an event at the Kong. I feel that it is the place you think that everyone goes to when you are a freshman, but after you turn 21, you realize that it sucks and there are much better places to go have a drink.