The city is sort of strange... especially in the evenings and weekends. When I can for my interview I thought it was like the Twilight Zone. There are a lot of street lights near the school, but they're all blinking red; they turn off every night aroung 6pm, and the weekends. When I came, Truman (the undergraduate college) was not in session. It was like a ghost town. Now there are more people, but you'll still feel isolated. Personally I enjoy the relatively distraction-free life here.
Cool? It's getting there. I'm from Minnesota, so I'm still comfortable. The people from the south are bundled up. I'd say 50s right now.
People nice? That's a big yes! This is one example, but speaks for all the local people I've encountered. When I went to open an account at US Bank, I casually asked about cable TV service and how I get my mail (I live in an apartment). The woman called both places and got all the answers for me. They band over backwards for you here. I am still amazed about that aspect. And if you mean the administration here... they have their act together big time. And they're super nice. You can't go wrong as far as that is concerned.
Night life... well I haven't experienced much of it. I understand that when the quarter started, a lot of kids in my class did a lot of drinking. There's a popular hang out called Dukem Inn. Once things started picking up though, people pretty much studied. There's not much variety of things to do here. I see the occasional movie. That's about it for me. The school and different clubs host parties and stuff. A lot of people go to those. So that's something at least.
I hope that answers everything. When is your interview? I'll try to hook up with ya, and see how things are going. I'll give you straight answers if the other people don't. Hang in there.. don't stress. Email me your name if you want.