It makes me enthusiastic to work with them. My favorite part of the job is helping students navigate Stanford at all levels: globally, within the School of Engineering, and within the Department of Materials Science specifically. I’m the person they can come to with general questions, but I’m also the person for questions specific to Materials Science.
You can imagine that I’m asked a lot of questions! There isn’t one top question, but I get different types of questions during certain phases in the academic year. During the spring I’m often asked: “How do I confirm my degree?” Or, “How do I set up my defense?” During the summer, questions are geared toward the upcoming school year, when a whole new group of incoming Master’s and PhD students will be arriving. “Where do I go for housing?” And sometimes it’s as basic as: “Where do I buy groceries?”
While I work specifically with graduate students at every stage of their Materials Science education, prospective students come to me with admission questions. Admission season opens in September and closes in December, so throughout that time there are many questions about deadlines and application process. Stage two is orientation for new students: giving them the Materials Science and Stanford overview. I welcome these students to their new home. It really is like a home, because they will “live” here for two to seven years.
My advice to all Materials Science graduate students: