I suspect that there has been a fair bit of team building with the group here, they are dealing everyday with students who are on their last chance and the team although welcoming of new may be waiting to see if I can deliver and work with these types of students. They are also a young group and may be wondering what a gray haired older person has to offer. Little do they know :-0
Group dynamics is an interesting thing to observe when you are new, I like to watch the reactions of the group before committing myself to any one particular side or anothe and I am sensing in this new environment, that there are two or maybe three distinct groups that have formed over time here. I have not yet been accepted by any of them and do not think that will happen before I have to leave.