In 2016, David graduated as Master of Science from the degree programm Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, having studied automation technology beforehand. David now works as software engineer at Schunk Sonosystems but remains a member of our department's robotics working group M.A.M.U.T. His checklist provides you with some crucial tips for your first semesters. 

kommasFirst of all: Enjoy your studies! For many it will be the first and last time that you can live such a free and self-determined life!

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A stable study group is very important – especially for the first years. Because of this, you should try to get to know as many people as possible.

Your own future: At the beginning of your studies, think through which skills you would want to have as an engineer after your graduation. This gives you goals to work toward.

Work-life-balance is quintessential for your studies. At the beginning of every semester, invest some time to create your studying schedule. When planning, make sure to realistically evaluate your need for leisure time, too.

I also recommend to take a look at the module descriptions to see what subject areas are covered by the respective courses. This way, you can choose the courses which you think you will enjoy the most.

You can gain first-hand experience during your studies via industrial internships. Furthermore, you can experiment with technical devices at home with your friends or in one of the department's various research groups. The department's staff can help you out by providing you with the necessary equipment, such as measurement devices, tools or expertise knowledge. The GET-LAB supports the realization of your own projects as well.

The department's excursions are highly recommended. You should definitely invest these two days a year if you want take get into contact with big companies and research institutes. Also, it's fun!

Professors generally appreciate constructive criticism. Don't be afraid to suggest improvements.

Keep calm if you should fail a test once. Few students manage to complete their studies without extending their standard period of study by at least one semester.

If you realize that a specialization field you have chosen doesn't suit you, change it - don't torture yourself over the course of several semesters.

If you plan on working part-time besides your studies, you should look out for jobs directly offered by THM. As a tutor the trip to work is short, you can advance your skills and make contact with new people. If you want to become a tutor, all you have to do is ask your professor of choice whether he needs a bit of assistance.