How to make a success of your Christmas presents?

Christmas is fast approaching and you still have not done your Christmas shopping? Everyone knows that finding gifts is not always easy. But do not panic ! This article will give you tips to find for sure the ideal gifts.

First, do not absolutely look for the element of surprise. Of course surprises are always a pleasure, but they can also be very bad! So do not hesitate to ask the person concerned what they want for Christmas, at least you are sure to hit the nail on the head. Unfortunately it is not always so simple since there is a 90% chance that the person answers you « oh that’s nice of you but I have no idea what I want ». And in the remaining 10%, there are those who want an off-budget gift. That’s why you should not hesitate to make a group gift! Because if you thought you were the only one without ideas, think again. It is therefore very easy to make a beautiful gift even with a tight budget when several people participate.

If you’re still out of ideas, think about the person. What are his hobbies? What does he need? What does he NOT need? And do not forget to focus on quality over quantity. Indeed, a big package under the tree is always making dream but when its content is disappointing, it’s worse than anything.

As far as I’m concerned, I prefer gifts that last in time, those that make me think of the person who gave them to me everytime I see them. So do not bet on the ephemeral gifts, it would be a pity that nobody remembers your gift (even if chocolates are always a pleasure). Another tip would be to avoid decoration gifts. We do not all have the same tastes, it’s cumbersome and it’s likely to end up in a closet. In addition, it will prevent you from attending a (bad) acting performance of a person who claims to adore his gift.

Finally do not forget to talk about your gift to the one who receives it when offering it. Without epiloguing either, explain to him why you made him this gift, and why to him particularly. This will allow him to see the importance you give him and therefore to appreciate the gift even more.

Christmas Market

From November 28 to December 30, the traditionnal Christmas Market takes place in the streets of Grenoble, especially in the Victor Hugo and Grenette squares.
The market is composed of more than a hundred of mountains chalets, where you can find craftsmen or even restaurateurs who present and sell us regional products, and lots of other products related to Christmas.
You can savour a good mulled wine or a hot chocolate for the youngest, taste gingerbread or a famous and delicious raclette sandwich.
It is also the best place to find gift ideas for your loved ones!

Not far from the place Victor Hugo, in the Square of Doctor Martin, you will also find exhibitors’ chalets : these chalets form the Market of Social and Solidarity Economy.
This market is composed of five different exhibitors :

  • « Mix’Arts » : offers regionnal and organic gastronomic items,
  • « La Fabrique du Trièves » : also offers gourmet items, local products and also clothes, accessories,
  • « C’est fait ici » : a local craft stand featuring games and toys for the yougest, and decorative items,
  • « Grenoble Equitable » : a fair trade booth,
  • « Deuxième Acte » : a stand dedicated to the reuse of used objects.

« Le Bistrot de la Mixture » will give you the opportunity of savouring a « Truffade du Vercors » along with a delicious Christmas beer !

The Grinch: Movie review

The Grinch is a story in a fictional down called Whoville, where christmas is the most important time of year for all, exept for the the grinch who can’t stand it at all. The grinch who is portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch,a well known actor, for his recent rolls in Marvel movies or the popular TV series Sherlock. He is accompanied thoughout the film by his trusty companion a dog called Max.

The story we follow is of 2 people, the Grinch of course and a little girl who is determined to meet Santa. We can see 3 acts in the movie, the first being the introduction to our characters and their motives for the rest of the movie, the Grinch being to ruin christmas and the girl’s to meet Santa. The second act is the preparation and planning, with some comedic moments so as to not loose us. And the third act is them carrying out their plans and the conclusion to our story.

At first glance this movie seems to be a fun and upbeat, but it has an important message that can easaly be missed. Throughout the fil the Grinch is portrayed as a mischevous anoyance who seems to want to see people sad. But if you pay attention when they talk about his origins it tells the story of how loneliness and solitude can be a terrible thing. Indeed, the Grinch was an orphan who was neglected at christmas while he saw over children having fun and playing with their parents. They also mention emotional eating for laughs but it is a real problem for some people suffering from some of these things.

However, the film does not try to forcibly teach you this, if you want to go and watch it just for the fun and to have a laugh you can, but after seing it and thinking about it this is what I also saw. So if it tickles your fancy this film came out on the 28th of november and you can see it at the Pathé at Chavant. Personally I would recommend it just for how cute Max is.

By Frederick Sworn

Make your own Christmas tree !

A DIY student Christmas tree !

Don’t have enough money to buy yourself a Christmas tree ? Or is your room too little to welcome one ? Worry not, because you can make one yourself with very little spending.

First, buy yourself some green tinsel and a bottle of sparkling water (notice the triangular shape). Then, unscrew the cap and put the end of the tinsel inside of it. You can now start wrapping the tinsel around the bottle until you reach the bottom. Once you’ve finished, stick the other end of the tinsel on the side of the bottle with some tape or glue.

Ta-dah ! You’ve now built your own Christmas tree ! You can even decorate it with other colored tinsel or a light garland if you feel like it. If you made one yourself, don’t hesitate to share a picture with us in the comments below !

Merry Christmas everybody !

Interview of Julie Dubois from OP

This article will focus on one of the most important associations of Polytech Grenoble. Without its cast, you would have almost no trace of your Polytech years, which would be extremely sad. Always discreet but always present, they are there to immortalize your greatest moments of glory at Polytech. Armed with their cameras they are real little paparazzi, nothing escapes them. They have been rampant now for several generations of students and are known as Objectif Polytech. Julie Dubois (TIS4) is a very active member of Objectif Polytech (and of the BDE)  and she kindly agreed to answer a few questions.

Élisa: -Hi Julie! Thanks for taking time for this interview.
Julie: –Hey! No problem.

Élisa: – For how long have you been part of Objectif Polytech?
Julie: –Since the beginning of last year, arriving at Polytech, it’s been almost a year and a half. I had never really done photography and I did not control my camera at all.

Élisa: -Can everyone join OP?
Julie: Yes ! Beginner or professional, we accept everyone, that’s what makes the interest of the association. The more experienced ones share their experiences and their good plans, offer photo releases, themes, and are jury of photo contests.

Élisa: -Can we take courses of editing, photo or video with OP?
Julie: –Yes, we do photography, video, editing and computer graphics (creating logos and posters). We try to vary the subjects of the courses, this year all the courses of the semester follow a schedule.

Élisa: -Are there regular meetings between you to organize?
Julie: –Yes and no. When the handover between the old and the new team was made, the choice was made to take a team rather than a single person who manages OP. We asked the most motivated to join a Facebook group conversation dedicated to the organization, but seeing the declining interest of the members of this conversation, we quickly saw that meetings were not necessary. In the end the decisions are made almost alone. For photo staff, outings, themes, etc., it is only the volunteer members who participate.

Élisa: -Is OP present at each Polytech event?
Julie: -We are trying ! This is not easy because many members do not have a camera and some are interested only in the photo (they are less present in the atmosphere Polytech and therefore less present at parties). There is also a lack of publicity somehow, I think in particular about the administration that uses UGA photographers rather than OP, for example.

Élisa: -How much time do you spend on average per week for OP? Are there busier times than others during the year?
Julie:There is not really any average time .. In general, there is 1h of lessons per week, which must be prepared, then we try to organize in parallel outings and photo contest or directing short films on a weekend. But in addition to all that, there is the treatment of photos taken at events. The more we are present, the more work is added. During integration at the beginning of the year, this is where we have the most work. There are about 5000 photos to process! Once the integration is over, there is the gala 2 weeks later that also requires a lot of work. I would say this is the most complicated period at OP.

As you understand, OP is very important for the student life in Polytech. If you want more information, do not hesitate to ask Julie or any other member. Here is the link to their facebook page which contains all their work: https://fr-fr.facebook.com/objectifpolytech/

And a contest has just ended, so do not forget to check out the winning picture directly on Facebook !

Polytech’s Drama Club: Christmas Edition

In this month’s issue, many special events are being brought to you by the newsletter team. However the most dazzling of all is the show prepared by the Polytech’s drama club.

We’ve already interviewed Drama club coordinator Matthieu, GGC4,  for this month’s issue, but we can’t seem to let it go!

The big news is that during the Christmas party (of which the date will be announced soon), the drama club will bring fun to the event with one of their well-executed theatrical performance. Their show is about Christmas and, as always, it promises to be cheerful and entertaining with a well-versed humor that will get a chuckle out of even the most somber ones.

The Drama club put consistent work into each every one of their performances: they usually rehearse the scenes of a show on a weekly basis within a two-month span before it is brought to the public.

Many students, from all branches, are part of the Drama club, including some GGC, RICM, IESE and TIS students.

Polytech’s Drama Club members

Corentin from GGC4 commented that he “wanted to join a drama club right after entering Polytech”. He didn’t join in right away but waited “until the second semester when [he] saw some of [his] friends were part of the club”.

Mathis from RICM3 added that he wanted to be “part of a drama club ever since [he] was in junior high” and decided he’d join in on the fun when Robin from the Bureau des Jeux told him about it during one of their parties.

The students involved in the club are all hard-working and attentive to bring to their public a show of fine quality. At any rate, if you are planning to come to the Christmas party, don’t miss out on the fun and go see them perform!

Marcelo, a Brazilian student at Polytech Grenoble – Interview

Marcelo is from Brazil. He arrived in France on August 25th, all the way from Sao Luis, a town located in Maranhao. Current student in the IESE department, he explains how he managed to be a student of Polytech Grenoble for a whole year, and how he lives it.

Fond of learning, and passionate about electronics, his teacher in Brazil happens to be the coordinator of the “Bravitech” agreement, which facilitates student exchange between Brazil and France. He thus told Marcelo about it, and this is how a long fight started, to get chosen as an exchange student. One of his struggles was to learn how to speak French. He explains that « It was difficult because [he] had to do a French level test, but did not know anything about French! So [he] started studying in February” for these tests which were in March. That is a month and a half to study. And in only a month, Marcelo managed to master this language and to pass his French exam hands down. Then there was a rather tough selection: three available positions, for only five students. “It was hard,” Marcelo explains, “as the selection is done mainly on the language and our specific fields (electronics, controls etc)”.

Today, Marcelo speaks French as if it were his mother tongue, thanks to his friends from Grenoble, and all the activities he has so far done in this amazing town. For Marcelo, « the experience of talking with people and the French is better than studying alone.”

You might wonder, why France of all countries if he did not speak a word of French before his first French exam? Well, in Brazil, not everyone has the opportunity to travel, let alone travel abroad. For Marcelo, this was an opportunity to learn a new language, to discover a new culture, as well as a chance to improve his resume. Nowadays, not all students are lucky enough to travel and study abroad. So when the opportunity arose, he took it with no hesitation.

However, Marcelo had never been to France. Everything was new, as it was an experience that was extremely different from what he had already experienced. He had never left his country, never been abroad. So to prepare his trip, he sought a lot of information, asked friends who already were in France how it was. He said « I asked my friends from Brazil (amongst which three were from the same city as me) who have already returned to Brazil, and also the other Brazilians who were already in France. They all helped me a lot ». As he was always looking for what he needed to improve his stay in France, he met a lot of Brazilians through Facebook, Whatsapp, and made a lot of new friends.

Out of all his Friends, he knows a lot of Brazilians, but many foreign students too! He is integrated thanks to the “TDs” and “TPs”. Indeed, one can exchange with the pupils and ask for help, or help them etc. This helps to get to know everyone a little more, and considering “the students are very nice here”, it is therefore easy to feel integrated and to make a lot of new friends.

The reason he chose electronics is because since his childhood, he enjoyed everything related to this subject. « I think it’s a question of vocation” he explains. There are a lot of things to do, such as the production of systems, embedded systems, production of a prototype, and projects for companies, on any topics related to energy, electricity. As for Marcelo, he works mostly with embedded systems and the wireless network. What he enjoys the most in it is « how electronic devices, in the development of new systems, can solve everyday problems.” He studied this field in Brazil, and he here « saw the opportunity to develop [his] knowledge and skills on the subject”. Indeed, he explained how « and some subjects are different, some subjects are similar”. Compared to Brazil, the teachers’ teaching is almost the same. But the teaching system is completely different. Indeed, in France there are “TD” and “TP”. In Brazil, they also have “TPs”, but differently. Here at Polytech Grenoble in the IESE depatment, for example, we have a theoretical week on one topic, then a week of practice on the same topic. In Brazil, they study a particular subject in a whole for an entire semester, and the following semester they practice on the same subject in said “TPs”.

Marcelo has so far spent three months in Grenoble and thinks it’s a wonderful town, which is well developed and organized. But even though he fell in love with Grenoble, he wants to work in Brazil, and export to his country the experience he gained in France. He actually plans on finishing is Master’s degree to then work in his hometown. When asked why he did not want to work in France, he answered “the most important thing, is family”. To him, it’s not healthy to be away from his family for too long. Moreover, he is the first member of his family to ever leave the country. It was thus a difficult change for his family, especially since his parents are old, but they are still very proud of him and believe their son to be very lucky to have this opportunity. « I miss them”, is what Marcelo said as he was talking about his family.

He misses his town too, mostly because of the cold here in Grenoble. Indeed, temperaturs never go below 22.2°C in his hometown! The food is also very different: he misses Brazilian food, which is very spicy, and very typical. A funny fact: in France, Couscous is served for lunch. In Brazil? They eat Couscous for breakfast! As he was born near beaches, he has never seen snow, so he enrolled in a Ski course, in order to enjoy snow during his stay in France. Today, Marcelo plans on visiting Paris, Bordeaux, Orléans, Nice and Marseille with his Brazilians friends during Christmas holiday, and keeps enjoying the wonders of Grenoble every day.