Since the MA/MST program is only 9 short months long, each class is largely isolated from past classes and left to figure things out for themselves. So here are a few hints from the class of 2008:
A few useful resources:
If you need to get your math skills up to speed:
- Mathematics Formulary -- a great study guide with all the formulas you'll need.
- Equation Sheets
- A little bit about e
Be sure to take at least one DSP class with Julius.
Take a video of your 250 project and put it on YouTube.
Here is the website for the academic calendar, keep track of when you need to register for things like classes, final exam schedules and graduation. Debbie doesn't send out emails!!
Use the Product Realization Lab (PRL)
Fry's is a decent place to get parts.
HDB is better (but a little further away).
Everything you need to know about pd
AES is a great established student group, someone just needs to pick up the book from Chris Warren for next year. Get some officers and talk to Jay Kadis about re-establishing the organization! Use AES money to host speakers and go on field trips to companies.
It's fun to play live on KZSU
If you need a useful journal resource, Stanford subscribes to JSTOR
You can find out everything about the arts at Stanford from SICA
If you need your audio to be real wide, go here.
The only places to play on campus are the Axe N' Palm (http://www.stanford.edu/dept/rde/dining/index.htm?page=tap) and the COHO (http://coho.stanford.edu/), and you can always put on your own concert in the CCRMA stage.
Use the ccrma.stanford.edu email address and forward it to a gmail account. If you use the stanford.edu address, it will disappear when you leave, but the ccrma.stanford.edu address will stick around.
Be sure to get to know each other as well as you can. It makes school so much more fun if you work in groups on homework (that means EVERYONE doing their part) and on projects. We were lucky to have a cohesive group, and we'd all recommend it for future classes.
If you come up with something useful and patentable, go talk to the Office of Technology Licensing
It's important to take time to go around campus and see things. Life at CCRMA is pretty 'bubbled', but it's a nice break to see other parts of campus, and off campus as well.
Even though it filled up our mailboxes frequently, having an MA/MST listserv provides quick contact with the group. Ask Blair Bohannan (since she'll be here the year following our graduation) how to set one up!
Don't eat to much 'Ge! food', when you get here, you'll understand... :)
Go to CNMAT at least once.
Use these wiki pages and make some more!