I was not so busy writing posts in the last few days but thanks to David you can read what we/he did:
International and Graduate Student Orientation @ CMU
The Fence and Tropic Thunder
Davids own Apartment
Yesterday I attended the first day of the MSE Orientation. After the general orientation from the CMU, I am now used to the information flood.
I would like to quote a few things our faculties told us during this orientation.
There are two kinds of mentors:
- One which waits at the cliff: “You have to stop now, one step more and you will fall.”
- The other mentor will wait at the Bottom.
You can make a guess which kind of mentor we will have They told us it is okey to make mistakes, as long as we can explain what/why it went wrong.
General comment about the MSE program:
I do not know why people sign up for such a torturous program. I would not do that.
You pay a lot of money for this education so come into class everyday it does not matter how sick or tired you are or if your dog just died.
Concerning the different cultural backgrounds and egos:
The brain is like a parachute, it works better when it is open!
Today, the five studio projects were presented to us (25 MSE Students). Afterwards we had to hand in our prioritized choices. Of course our advisor will make the final decision depending on the work experience and lot of other factors besides our choice. One very important thing is that we do something new otherwise it would be to easy =)
Besides the courses which start next week. We will also start a boot camp for our studio projects. That is a “new” idea to get started in a team project with people which have different background. It looks like I will be very busy in the upcoming semester…