Okay so where the professors get an "F" (at least one of them... My friend here was appropriately welcoming), the students get a triple-A-plus. As expected they are incredibly diverse and seemingly interesting, but one of the differences that appears obvious at least to the casual observer, is that they are incredibly interestED. They were engaged and already asking serious questions. There is a similar uneven-ness among the preparedness of the students for the particular classes (sophomore public policy majors in with senior econ majors in a public policy course, for example), but a much different level of energy.
Or maybe it was just my nervous energy. Not sure.
Plus, there's a Bulgarian in their midst, which is always a plus in my book!
So comes the end of day one. Hopefully leaving Big will get easier, and hopefully I'll be prepared enough to pitch these courses to the right level.