Advice from ECE upperclassmen


August 31, 2015

We’ve all been there - the first day of school can be stressful. Between navigating your way around (a construction-filled) campus, to wondering where you’re going to eat for lunch, the first day of school comes with many questions.

Whether you just declared ECE as a major, or you will be graduating this semester, all students could benefit from some words of wisdom.

We’ve asked a few upperclassmen to share what they wish they knew a few years ago.

Here is a brief, non-exhaustive list of advice from ECE upperclassmen: 

  • Join an ECE-related club or start your own! It's a great way to get hands-on experience. 
  • One word: Build18. My favorite time of the year. Do it.
  • For free tutoring and moral support, hang out in Hamerschlag Hall. You are bound to find someone who has been there and is willing to help!
  • Study groups are your friend! 
  • Hang out with your professors during their office hours - they are people too.
  • SURG grants = free money to pursue your passions. 
  • Figure out how to get your favorite food delivered to Hamerschlag Hall. If the driver doesn't know how to get to Hamerschlag Hall, tell them to deliver to the corner of Frew Street and Hamerschlag Drive. Getting a good meal while working is key.
  • Take some time to explore the city! Go see Mr. Roger's neighborhood, among other things, at Heinz History Center, or the interesting exhibits at the Carnegie Museum of Art.
  • Go look at the view of Pittsburgh from atop the Duquesne Incline.
  • Get to know your academic advisor – they’ll be more help than you realize.
  • Get to know students in other majors – you’ll be surprise at how refreshing non-engineering related conversations can be.
  • You have to paint the fence at least once!
  • Conduct research with a professor.
  • You’ll get through 18-240. It will be tough, but you’ll make it.
  • Don’t forget why you’re here – earning an ECE degree from CMU is worth it. 

Be sure to bookmark these links: 

The Bridge - a one-stop shop for all CMU student activities. 

Céilidh Weekend - also known as homecoming.

Academic calendar - start the countdown to holiday break!

CMU-Alerts - the university's emergency alert system. CMU-Alert sends voice and/or text messages to your registered phone in the event of a campus emergency.

Career & Professional Development Center - looking for an internship? Want to attend a career fair? Does your resume need some work? The folks in the CPDC can help.

Meeting of the MindsThe Undergraduate Research Symposium, or the "Meeting of the Minds," is a university-wide celebration of undergraduate research. All Carnegie Mellon undergrads engaged in research and creative projects are encouraged to apply!

University Health Services - just incase you find yourself under the weather.

Pittsburgh Port Authority - new to Pittsburgh? This website will help you navigate the city using public transportation.