I had a great admissions experience. At the end of the interview I felt that I had become friends with the staff. Several times I called the office about things and I always got a cheerful response and the calling of my name.
I love the book learning. I would be happy with fewer papers to write, but graduate school is like that. Everyone is willing to help you keep up and do a good jobs. The profs really care about you and call everyone by name.