It’s that wonderful time of the year again. No, this post isn’t about that beautiful first day of Spring, where nature pampers us with its lush greenery, fields of tulips and the warm embrace of the first rays of sunlight.
“If exam season is done, can the declaration of results be far behind ?”
Misquoting Percy Bysshe Shelley ( wonderful poet by the way) apart, this post is about that beautiful Friday morning when my fellow students woke up to a delightful mail that looked something like this.
“The examination for the course EE**** has been evaluated. Have a wonderful weekend.”
Of course, we appreciated the extremely kind gesture of the professor in wishing us a great weekend. I mean, positive vibes and all. Good guy professor. Good vibes aside, this was immediately followed by my WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram, Tinder ( Swipe right for advice 😛 ) being bombarded with messages. I’ve made a note of a couple of interesting conversations I had.
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Meme Worthy Conversations
To the uninitiated, Osiris is the system of educational administration at TU Delft. Here the student can register for courses and exams. The grades are also published here. It also displays statistics of the distribution of grades among your peers, which I find pretty cool. Joyousness loves company and what not.
The passing grade for most courses here is a 6.0 ( unless explicitly specified otherwise). So if you’ve managed to get yourself on the right side of the curve, good for you. For others, fret not. Most courses have a resit option, where you’re allowed to give the examination or the lab submission again. We all make mistakes and everybody deserves a second chance.
Grades are out, everyone is happy, Quarter 2 has begun, new and exciting courses to be finished. So what’s next? This is that moment in your academic life when you start tallying up the number of ECTS you’ve got in your purse and realize you have a long and an extremely fun journey to go. With doubts regarding the identity of Osiris clarified and put to rest, the following questions followed.
Student: I would like to know if this particular course counts towards my ECTS?
Student: I would like to know what courses would help me towards a thesis in this particular specialization?
For the benefit of the larger audience, I decided to answer these questions in my post.
Firstly, there are Master Information Meeting (MIM) organized almost every quarter for each track. Do attend them as they give a pretty good insight into the expectations of your desired research group from you.
Secondly, arrange a meeting and have a conversation with people working in the research group. Professors are usually occupied in their own research and meetings might be hard to arrange. However, there are always students and Ph.D.’s in every research group who would love to have a conversation about their work. Trigger alert: It can get very inspiring at times. You have been warned.
Thirdly, each track has a wonderful set of Mentors who are tasked with making sure you have a healthy diet of your ECTS. I’m a Mentor myself for the Master’s in Computer Engineering and I like to think that I do a pretty decent job. If you haven’t already, track your mentor down and feed off the bundle of experiences that they’ve had with courses.
That’s all the free advice I’ve got for this week. I wish you all an amazing Quarter 2 and look forward to more interesting messages in the near future ( they’re quality content for memes ).