I want to go for school in Astrophysics/Astronomy/Cosmology (you get the idea). While I was always interested in the subject, my love did dwindle after being kicked around in undergrad (having *that* professor you need to go to the department head about, and they know and he has tenure or being in NY where there are too many clouds to have fun observational nights), but I really think I want to do it. Even though the GRE has me terrified. But that's another story.
I keep asking around about figuring out where to apply. Most of the people I've talked to tell me to "email the grad students" and etc., but in order to email the current students I need to know which institutions first. For the most part I have been looking at schools via this site, or gradschoolshopper.com to find schools with Astro., but does anyone here have something more direct to offer? (e.g. I go to school X and like/hate it because ____.)
Sorry for the rambling, the longer I do this the more my brain fuzzes in agony.