That a Ph.D. does not equal teaching ability--the best classes are from good teachers, and you find out who the good teachers are by talking to students. Your first year may not be your best year, but you will definitely learn more than you think you will or than you will notice in your first year. I also wish I had done more research about where the theatre department was ranked in the theatre world. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied, but it's not what I expected.
Groups at this school can be cliqueish, but do not limit yourself to one group. If you play a sport, join other activities. Also, drinking is common, but there are many other things to do. A lot of your experience depends on the friends you make.
I wish I would have known that it was better to get involved early. Since it is a smaller school, you have to jump at things to mark your position in activities. If you get involved early, everyone knows you.
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