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 This page essentially comes from contributions of past M2 students. The contents are slightly moderated. This page essentially comes from contributions of past M2 students. The contents are slightly moderated.
  
-Alumni yourself? Want to contribute? Ask for identifiers to <msiam2@imag.fr>.+Alumni yourself? Want to contribute? Ask for identifiers to <msiam2@ensimag.fr>.
  
 ===== Testimonials ===== ===== Testimonials =====
 You are considering joining our M2 master program, and are wondering how the environment is here in Grenoble? Read the testimonials of our alumni! You are considering joining our M2 master program, and are wondering how the environment is here in Grenoble? Read the testimonials of our alumni!
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-Let's start sharing the experiences from the very beginning, namely, from the first semester of the program. The most important thing I have learned during the first semester is how to switch between very different things effectively and don't get too upset. Indeed, the courses are very different — from computational biology and neural networks to option pricing and graph theory, and the deadlines and the requirements are different, something is closer to your area of interest and something you just want to forget as soon as possible. And you must keep all that things in mind and survive. And if you did — as we all did, that experience stays with you forever even if you have successfully forgoten half of the material itself as soon as you passed your last exam as we all did.+Let's start sharing the experiences from the very beginning, namely, from the first semester of the program. The courses are very different — from computational biology and neural networks to option pricing and graph theory.
  
-During the second semester — which was the Master internship — I had to learn how to not get too upset when you have no possibility to switch between different thingsBecause you have to do only one thing, and the sense of time for you is running low. But jokes aside, as I am currently working on the PhD project which is partly based on my Master Internship, I am glad to have had the possibility to warm up and delve a bit into my subject before actually starting a PhD. First of all, only during the internship you can actually understand whether or not you are interested in research — because it is very different from what you have during the preparation to your exams. While at the exams you are just supposed to give the right answer, during the research internship neither you nor your supervisor is completely sure the answer exists. What was really cool during my own intership is that I was given enough freedom to do some stupid mistakes, correct them on my own, and learned how to not get depressed about the mistakes you discover right before the deadline — and I am glad to enter a PhD program already equipped with this knowledge.+The second semester was the Master internship. Since I am currently working on the PhD project which is partly based on my Master Internship, I am glad to have had the possibility to warm up and delve a bit into my subject before actually starting a PhD. First of all, only during the internship you can actually understand whether or not you are interested in research — because it is very different from what you have during the preparation to your exams. While at the exams you are just supposed to give the right answer, during the research internship neither you nor your supervisor is completely sure the answer exists. What was really cool during my own internship is that I was given enough freedom to do some stupid mistakes, correct them on my own, and learned how to not get depressed about the mistakes you discover right before the deadline — and I am glad to enter a PhD program already equipped with this knowledge.
  
 Thus, I would definitely recommend MSIAM for those who are thinking — or hesitating — about applying to (any) Doctoral School.  Thus, I would definitely recommend MSIAM for those who are thinking — or hesitating — about applying to (any) Doctoral School. 
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 ===== Advice for incoming students ===== ===== Advice for incoming students =====
 Just joined your training program? Benefit from advice and experience of alumni. Just joined your training program? Benefit from advice and experience of alumni.
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-Being a non-French speaking alumni, I feel obliged to give few advices to non-French speaking future participants of this program.+During the first semester, the courses are //very// different --- from computational biology and neural networks to option pricing and graph theory, and the deadlines and the requirements are different, something is closer to your area of interest and something you just want to forget as soon as possible. And you must keep all that things in mind and survive. And if you did --- as we all did, that experience stays with you forever even if you have successfully forgotten half of the material itself as soon as you passed your last exam. 
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 +During the second semester internship, learn how to not get too upset when you have no possibility to switch between different things. Because you have to do only one thing, and the sense of time for you is running low.  
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 +And also, being a non-French speaking alumni, I feel obliged to give few advices to non-French speaking future participants of this program.
   - Learn some French! When you are learning the language in your home country, you see an effect only after reaching some level, which is not the case here! In Grenoble learning even some French has an immediate effect, it may cure your aching soul and palliate greatly your everyday suffering (because you will definitely have some).   - Learn some French! When you are learning the language in your home country, you see an effect only after reaching some level, which is not the case here! In Grenoble learning even some French has an immediate effect, it may cure your aching soul and palliate greatly your everyday suffering (because you will definitely have some).
   - When you got stuck in another bureaucratic loop (you know, sometimes you need a document A to get paper B, to show in office C, where you can get instructions how to get a document A) and there is literally nothing you can do about that — just relax and wait. That's how it works. It always works. Seriously.   - When you got stuck in another bureaucratic loop (you know, sometimes you need a document A to get paper B, to show in office C, where you can get instructions how to get a document A) and there is literally nothing you can do about that — just relax and wait. That's how it works. It always works. Seriously.
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