Question for those already in a program: Is it true that at interviews, schools will try to have grad students at events who will make the school look best? As in, the students who are the happiest in the program, etc.? A friend warned me yesterday about this, and I'm concerned as to how I'm supposed to judge a program if this is true. Do you think it's rude if I ask grad students I meet, "Are you happy here?" "Are you REALLY happy here?" "What do you not like about the program?"
Any other general advice about how to get the most from an interview weekend (aside from reading papers and coming up with questions for professors, etc. etc.)? I figure it's a good time now since there's a bit of downtime until the next wave of interview invites after the new year. Thanks in advance!