Top 10 Things I did Right/Wrong in Graduate School. Greg Morrisett. Goal, Caveats & Background. You should think and plan now how to get the most out of grad school. Where do you want to be when you finish? Take specifics with a large grain of salt Personal history:
You should think and plan now how to get the most out of grad school.
Spent the first year isolated from my fellow students.
Make the effort to get to know them.
Assumed I wasn’t good enough.
Everyone admitted can do well!
Was scared to ask advisor for stuff like books, travel money, equipment, etc.
It never hurts to ask.
Lots of classes, little homework.
Learning by osmosis doesn’t work.
Was hyper-critical of visitors and talks.
Never took courses outside of CS
The 12(10) requirement is a lower bound!
Never took a teaching seminar
First year I at Cornell, I spent 90% of my time on teaching.
Never figured out how funding works.
Ask your advisor if you can read or even participate in proposals.
Didn’t keep a research journal.
Consider keeping a journal.
Didn’t buy Microsoft stock when I entered graduate school. :-)
Worked closely with other graduate students.
Do this in your first couple of years, if possible.
Went to conferences & workshops.
Got to know lots of faculty.
Lots of practice talks, lots of red ink.
Bought & read “Bugs in Writing”
CS people are rarely good at communicating. But it’s just as important as any technical skills you’re going to pick up here.
Hacked on lots of stuff.
Didn’t leave before I finished.
I had fun!