Current student answering questions

<p>I got into MCS and want to major in computational finance. How heavy is the workload for computational finance on a scale of 1-10 where 10=CS and 1=Business?</p>

<p>Also, do you know anyone who’s double majoring in comp. finance and math?</p>

<p>Can freshmen live off campus? My roommate from precollege is currently a freshman at CMU and she wants to get an apartment next year…</p>

<p>Hey, thanks so much for your answer to my last questions.
I’ve got one more: how does class registration for incoming freshman work? When does it happen/where do you do it?</p>

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<p>*TIME MANAGEMENT! But you already knew that.
*If you don’t already know how to do laundry, cook simple meals, keep your bedroom/bathroom clean, or wash dishes in the sink, those are the kinds of things that are easy to learn at home and will make your transition to independent living a whole lot smoother.
*When the year begins, plan on going to ALL the office hours right away. Even if you don’t have questions, just go, say hi to the professor/TA, and work on your homework for that class until it’s time to leave. It makes it so much easier when you run into problems later.
*Get Red 9, the cheapest meal plan with the largest proportion of flex dollars. Trust me.
*For SCS specifically, make sure you’re familiar with UNIX, because you’ll be using it for everything. Just up through tutorial two on this site ([UNIX</a> / Linux Tutorial for Beginners](<a href=“http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Teaching/Unix/]UNIX”>UNIX / Linux Tutorial for Beginners)) is enough, although more wouldn’t hurt.</p>

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<p>It takes me 15 minutes to go from my room in Mudge to the far end of Baker/Porter, so Hunt would be about the same or maybe a couple minutes less.</p>

<p>I wouldn’t worry too much about walking times. There are lots of places on campus to nap, study, work collaboratively, or eat (obviously). I usually just go to my classes and then hang out in Gates for the rest of the day doing homework, going to office hours or events, and just talking to people, so I only walk over once in the morning and once at night. If you were going back and forth a lot, the time difference would add up, but you’ll probably just spend most of your time on campus and it won’t make a difference.</p>

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<p>Not really, sorry. :(</p>

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<p>I also don’t know anything about computational finance… the only people I know in MCS are biology, physics, or chemistry. I don’t know anyone in Tepper at all, so I wouldn’t know what the workload is like. Pretty much any major you do is going to have a heavy workload. There are a few classes in MCS that you’ll probably find easier because students from other schools have to take them as required classes, and it makes the curve easier for actual science students who take them seriously.</p>

<p>From this ([Department</a> of Mathematical Sciences: Degree Programs](<a href=“http://www.math.cmu.edu/undergraduate/degrees.html]Department”>http://www.math.cmu.edu/undergraduate/degrees.html)) it looks like math and comp. finance are just concentrations within the same degree program, so they probably have a lot of overlap. You’ll have to find someone who knows more about it than I do.</p>

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<p>No, I’m pretty sure freshmen have to live in campus housing. After that, you’re free to live wherever you want, but if you move to non-university housing then you’re no longer guaranteed a spot if you want to switch back.</p>

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<p>Everyone registers online through SIO, which has a cool little app that lets you browse courses, add them to your schedule, and switch around lecture/recitation times really easily. But don’t worry about that–sometime over the summer you’ll get an email from your advisor and they’ll walk you through the whole process step by step.</p>

<p>EDIT: I should note that in some majors, like I think mostly music and art, your advisor sets up most of your schedule for you, so you won’t get an email until very late in the summer. For SCS the email comes right at the beginning of summer and you’ll have to take two placement tests (calculus and CS) online before you pick your classes. If you took AP or IB or anything, you still have to take the placement tests, but as long as you do okay they’ll probably waive your score and let you into the appropriate class. If you plan to be on vacation and unreachable by email for most of the summer, make sure you email your advisor at least a few weeks before you leave to let them know.</p>

<p>“I don’t know anyone in Tepper at all, so I wouldn’t know what the workload is like.”</p>

<p>sort of a weird question but are tepper students socially isolated or something? or do they just comprise such a small percentage of undergrads that you don’t often interact with them? lol</p>

<p>Not sure if things have changed since when I was a CIT freshman, but you’d fill out a list of preferences for courses you wanted to take and mailed it back with your math placement exam. Most people I know got into the classes they wanted.</p>

<p>I wouldn’t guess that the business students of all people would be socially isolated, haha. It’s probably just because there’s only ~80 of them (freshmen) and their classes don’t overlap with SCS very much. I also didn’t have any living on my floor or in my interp class (which is a great way to meet students of other schools, since the class is required for all freshmen, attendance is mandatory, and you have a lot of discussions).</p>

<p>As a result of you spending most of your time outside of your hall besides morning and night, how close are you with the your roommate and the kids in your hall? Do you tend to eat and hang out with kids in your classes over kids in your hall? If so, do you think you would be closer with kids in your hall if you were in a dorm more on campus like Donner?</p>

<p>Sorry for all the questions, just really questioning if I want to be in Mudge or not. Thanks!</p>

<p>What types of food can you purchase from campus restaurants? How good is the food overall? Are there any eateries you’d suggest avoiding?</p>

<p>How easy is it to change majors???</p>

<p>I got accepted to Dietrich College and I am considering taking CS major at SCS.</p>

<p>How hard is this internal transfer?</p>

<p>Could you submajor CS even if you are majoring biological science?</p>

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<p>So I’m actually in a quad, and it’s pretty awesome. My roommates and I were randomly placed together but we’re all good friends and get along great. I hang out with CS friends during the day and talk to my roommates in the evening, and when there are events I want to go to I usually ask people from both groups. My room doesn’t mingle with other people on our floor that much, but that’s more by choice than anything else… I think the dorms that tend to be closer are the ones that are co-ed by floor (rather than by room) and have lounges, although being near campus probably helps too.</p>

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<p>In Resnik:
*Indian food - delicious
*sushi - nothing fancy, just the supermarket kind, but still good
*deli - never tried
*grill - never tried
*home-style food - never tried
*cafe - good food, great selection, and open almost all the time</p>

<p>In the UC:
*Entropy - good selection of groceries, but you can’t use blocks
*Skibo - food is okay and there’s a good range of choices, plus open almost all the time
*mexican food - good if you get it early in the day
*pasta - great but takes a long time to prepare
*vegan/vegetarian - entrees can get repetitive, but overall great
*salad - build your own salad and they toss it for you
*juice bar - never tried
*creperie - the dessert crepes are tasty, I’ve heard savory ones are good too
*deli - never tried
*grill (burgers/fried chicken/curly fries) - never tried, but smells great
*Schatz (buffet) - never tried, but people have told me it’s good</p>

<p>Scattered around campus:
*Underground (Morewood) - burgers and greasy fried stuff, decent but not a huge selection
*Taza (Gates) - delicious paninis, salads and pastries
*Asiana (Newell-Simon) - bad Chinese food (this is the only one I’d avoid entirely)
*Exchange (Tepper) - excelent hot entrees, fresh salads and grilled sandwiches
*various cafe-type places - most places have a couple good sandwiches, a nice range of pastries, and the option of soup/salad</p>

<p>Overall, the food is excellent. It can get old if you stick to the same routine every day, though, so try to switch things up when you can. Also, on the weekends, everywhere except Entropy, the Underground, Skibo, and some places in Resnik are closed, so that’s usually when you order Vocelli’s/get stuff from Entropy/eat off campus.</p>

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<p>CS is one of the more difficult ones to switch to, but it’s still possible. These are the requirements: [B.S&lt;/a&gt;. in Computer Science](<a href=“http://www.csd.cs.cmu.edu/education/bscs/transfer.html]B.S”>Prospective Student Information | Carnegie Mellon University - Computer Science Department)</p>

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<p>Yes, you could add CS as a double major ([CS</a> as a Secondary Concentration](<a href=“Undergraduate Programs | Carnegie Mellon University - Computer Science Department”>Undergraduate Programs | Carnegie Mellon University - Computer Science Department)) or as a minor ([CS</a> as a Secondary Concentration](<a href=“Undergraduate Programs | Carnegie Mellon University - Computer Science Department”>Undergraduate Programs | Carnegie Mellon University - Computer Science Department)).
More info on both of those here as well (under “SCS additional majors and minors”): [School</a> of Computer Science](<a href=“http://coursecatalog.web.cmu.edu/schoolofcomputerscience/]School”>School of Computer Science < Carnegie Mellon University)</p>

<p>Wow, looks like they really added a lot of options in Resnik since I was a student. I’ll also be curious to see your reviews of the food after another term of eating it. ;)</p>

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<p>I was a freshman in Donner and for the first few weeks we’d go to various dining locations as a giant group. As the term went on, we found which people we liked best and started going in smaller groups. By the end of the year there were probably 4-5 other guys I’d grab dinner with every night.</p>

<p>How much extra work is the SHS program? Are there any major benefits aside from the speaker lunches and SHS-sponsored activites?</p>

<p>I asked him about SHS earlier in the thread, and I don’t believe he is familiar with it. I was accepted into it from DC. I am also very curious about it. I like the idea that everyone is housed together, but don’t really like how far Mudge is from the center of campus. I also got into QSSS, which I believe is just available for those in DC. </p>

<p>I think it might show up on your diploma, meaning you can put it on resumes and such, which is probably one of its bigger benefits.</p>

<p>An off topic question, but I read somewhere that undergraduate grading is just A, B, C, D with no +/-. I have a hard time believing this. Is this true?</p>

<p>Thanks</p>

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<p>So everyone tells me, haha. I think I’ll be okay for the rest of this year, but getting off the meal plan as soon as possible seems like the way to go.</p>

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<p>Yeah, sorry, I don’t know anything about SHS or QSSS. Also, I’m a girl. :P</p>

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<p>You’ll see pluses and minuses on your grades during the semester and at midsemester, but your final grade just goes down as A (4.0), B (3.0), etc.</p>

<p>Graduates do have pluses and minuses on their final grades, but even if you take graduate classes as an undergrad, they’ll translate whatever you get into symbol-free letter grades.</p>

<p>No +/- grades. Usually works in your favor if you’re a good student since it’s way harder to get an A than an A-.</p>

<p>Hi, I just got accepted to CMU SCS. Are there any scholarships available for SCS students? Are you doing double-major? How difficult is it to complete BS in 4 years with double major?</p>

<p>Also, what clubs and activities are available? After reading your answers, it sounds like SCS students will be busy studying most of the time. Can we have time to be part of athletic teams? How easy it is to get into swim team?</p>