Questions to consider:
August 2018, I left my job as an algorithm engineer at Hudson River Trading to begin an MS in Computer Science at Stanford. I had been working at HRT for two years after undergrad and I was enjoying it greatly. “Why leave to do the MS?” many have asked, and here is a collection of my reasons:
After working for a while, I really missed taking classes.
I was admitted to and began Stanford’s MS in Computer Science (MSCS) program in Fall 2018.
Some people have asked for advice on applying. In this post, I present some of my thoughts on applying and resources that I found useful. Not necessarily in order:
Last weekend I went to a brain training class.
This was a rather serendipitous opportunity provided through Stanford’s graduate student-run event program, and one that I definitely would not normally seek out. Brain training? I’m already in school, taking classes, conducting research, why devote time to seemingly useless and mundane tasks when I could be focusing on learning things truly relevant to my field of study? On a whim, I decided to take this 1.5 hour class, and it was well worth my time.
The class focused on memory. Here’s a motivation. Say you’re at a social event at meet Andrei for the first time. You chat a bit, he’s friendly and the conversation is good, but shortly after parting you realize — agh! You’ve already forgotten his name! These experiences can be embarrassing and frustrating. This is a basic failure of memory, but there are a couple simple techniques to dramatically improve your ability to store and recall information. …