You know how in elementary school you would always be partially traumatized if you saw your teachers outside of the classroom? It was the whole "she's a real person who goes out to buy eggs??" feeling. In middle school you kind of get over that and in high school you might even meet up with a favorite teacher outside of the classroom. Well. Working at my other job yesterday night, I bumped into one of my bosses who was out doing some shopping. I struck up a conversation with her and we chatted for a little bit.
That encounter made me think back to my interactions with other people on our administration and professors. I frequently invite professors to my performances, and in fact had lunch with a dean in the Office of Student Life a couple weeks ago. Here I feel very blessed to be surrounded by an administration who cares and is not some aloof, ultimate authority out to 'get' you. The professors pretty much rock, although some like to throw out random questions on midterms way too often. Feel like you want close relationships with your teachers and administration? Definitely consider UVA, we're quite unique in this regard.