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    Hi I'm currently a first year mechanical engineering student and I would just like to ask for any advice you can give. Thanks!
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    I like your username. I am not in university, but my advice would be to STAY AHEAD OF THE GAME. That is probably the most important thing. But also, get in good relations with your professors and students so they it's better when you ask them for help and stuff.
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    (Original post by Kiritsugu)
    I like your username. I am not in university, but my advice would be to STAY AHEAD OF THE GAME. That is probably the most important thing. But also, get in good relations with your professors and students so they it's better when you ask them for help and stuff.
    Oh thank you Do you watch it? haha
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    (Original post by ao_no_exorcist21)
    Oh thank you Do you watch it? haha
    Yeah I am eagerly waiting for the second season - it's been announced. Keep up the strong work ethic at uni as you'll have a lot of spare time so self-discipline is key imo.

    Other anime I particularly have enjoyed include:
    Code Geass
    Death Note
    Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood
    Steins;Gate
    Fate/Zero
    Cowboy Bebop
    Samurai Champloo
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    (Original post by ao_no_exorcist21)
    Hi I'm currently a first year mechanical engineering student and I would just like to ask for any advice you can give. Thanks!
    Last year engineer here...here's my advice:


    1) Most of your peers will want to "take it easy" and "not try hard" but if you want to become great/better than average you will not be this way. Work hard, look for opportunities, try to get internships early on and learn about the various recruitment processes and I promise you will reap the rewards. While everyone else wasted their time partying every weekend and spending ludicrous amounts of money on alcohol...I spent that time working on my CV and looking for opportunities. I volunteered wherever I could and through that met very good contacts. I got a lot of rejections in the beginning and people used to say "why don't you just give up and leave it till graduation" but I learned from my failure in the process and I never gave up. Eventually through perseverance I ended up obtaining a research internship at an ivy league university in the states for 3 months. Not only that, I managed to get my work published in a research paper written by world experts. I say this not to boast but to show you if I can achieve this then so can you if you work hard and don't give up. Now people admire me and ask me all the time how the hell I did that but they don't see the hard work that was put before hand.

    2) Try to understand the engineering principles rather than memorise them this will make you a good engineer.

    3) Take every bit of coursework seriously, every % helps particularly in your 2nd and latter years of study

    4) Also have time to relax...this is important as you don't want to burn yourself out. For me this was gym, hanging out with friends, family etc.

    5) Don't just blindy follow expectations of people/lectures. People will say do an MEng it's what industry now wants blah blah...but the reality is this is not very true. Yes some companies will only employ you if you have an MEng but there aren't that many that do this plus if you get with a good employer chances are they can fund a masters for you out of their own pocket not yours. In summary only do an MEng if you really want to do it (not because the majority of people are doing it) and that having a BEng doesn't make you bad/less employable.

    Can't really think of anything else tbh... if you have any questions feel free to ask

    a10

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