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    Words From a Former Student

    “I wish I knew this when I started…”

    – Thomas Goodwin

    1. Be on time. To everything.
    2. Be nice to everyone, especially to Maria.  She takes care of us.
    3. Keep your commitments.
    4. Be forgiving, especially if someone misses a commitment for family reasons.
      Everyone is human, and mistakes will be made.
    5. If you need help, ask!
      Ask your professors, ask your classmates.
      If you are asked for help or advice, please do what you can.  The next time it might be you asking for assistance.
    6. Check and respond to emails promptly.  My recommendation is to check your email at least once a day.
    7. Start your capstone the summer before your last year.
      Follow the OOAD process described, and documented in the Larman book.
    8. Consider upgrading your parking sticker to Yellow.
      It might be worth the extra costs by reducing headaches.  The green slots always seem to fill up fast when you need to find a place  to park.
      Some people will tell you to save your money, but I know that I wish I had done it.
      While I didn’t get a ticket parking in a yellow slot, I did receive a warning ticket…
    9. For research on academic papers, https://scholar.google.com/ is your friend.
      For other examples, Google is your friend.
      Wikipedia is your friend.
    10. Take advantage of WebEx resources from UTD.
      This is particularly helpful if you are having online meetings (and the cost is covered by the university).
    11. Get a Slack account (https://slack.com/)
      This is particularly nice for asynchronous group conversations.
    12. You can’t reserve a room at the library until 24 hours prior (http://libcal.utdallas.edu/booking/studyrooms).
      If you get the nice room (like the Austin room), four or more of your group needs to show up before you can get access to it.
      Be aware that the library will not make any exceptions.
    13. You can also get access to digital libraries for ACM and ISEE via the UTD library system.  This is very useful.
    14. When doing presentations, keep them within the time limits (10 -20 minutes).
      We used http://www.online-stopwatch.com/full-screen-stopwatch/ to try to manage time and provide feedback to the presenters.
      Do your best not to go over the time limit.
    15. Start your coding projects as soon as they are assigned. (Especially the Information Security assignment!)
    16. Create an email distribution list for your Cohort.  Make sure that everyone’s email is correct.
    17. Create and share a matrix of your Cohort’s email addresses and phone numbers.
    18. Create a Google shared drive for your teams/class.
    19. Share a group calendar of some sort.
      It is going to be a challenge coordinating meeting dates, so the sooner you agree on what the process is, the better.
    20. Bring your own dry erase markers to class.
    21. Bring your own extension cords/surge protectors.  Don’t forget to share.
    22. Learn to use PowerPoint and some of the more dynamic animations/transitions.
      Find a good template and stick with it.
    23. Share your knowledge of tools. Some tools that you will find useful:
      1. Postman (Google extension)
      2. Jira
      3. PuTTY (http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/)
      4. StarUML
      5. Vision One
      6. com (https://www.websequencediagrams.com/)
      7. Microsoft Visio
      8. MySQL
      9. VirtualBox (https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads)
      10. Django
      11. PyCharm (IDE for Python); IntelliJ (IDE for Java)
      12. Android SDK
      13. Microsoft Project
      14. Google Apps (Google Docs, Google Drive, etc. )
      15. UTD Box; DropBox
      16. Ncode(http://www.ncode.com/en )
      17. jDeodorant (https://marketplace.eclipse.org/content/jdeodorant)
      18. OneNote is free and can also be shared with the class.
    24. Share your experiences with your class.

    This is a shared experience.  You will make good friends and gain insight with your classmates.
    Sometimes you will be the leader, sometimes you won’t.
    Everyone has the same goal and it is worthwhile to pull together.