Brandeis University - Comments and Student Experiences|
The students themselves aren't particularly attractive, athletic, or articulate - the one thing they really have going for them is academics but even then, I still feel like I'm the only one who knows the material now that I'm in 100-level humanities classes, and that their views on most topics are about as developed as your average Reddit user.
They can't hold a normal conversation about anything non-academic and you constantly feel like you're walking on eggshells trying not to hurt their feelings. These were the isolated, bullied loners in high school who thought the mainstream well was poison, and suddenly realized in college they weren't the smartest people on the planet after all; so they overcompensate by trying to reach outside their natural limits, trying to be "cool" by listening to music nobody else does, bringing each other down and judging each other based on their own, unattainable standards and pretending to be someone they're not, only to avoid putting the effort into actually getting a life and going out on the weekends like normal college students. The academics are good, but it is really NOT worth the stress you have to endure.