Les TIS restent connectés !

La situation sanitaire actuelle nous contraint tous et toutes à adapter notre mode de vie et tout particulièrement à repenser l’organisation de nos évènements. La filière TIS ne s’est pas laissée abattre ! Ainsi, un groupe d’étudiants et jeunes diplômés a décidé d’organiser un évènement virtuel de rencontres entre TIS, ce vendredi 29 janvier.

Au programme :

  • Présentation de différents parcours d’anciens TIS diplômés
  • Conférences d’industriels et retours d’expérience
  • Salons virtuels d’échanges et questions / réponses sur les années d’études à Polytech ou sur la poursuite d’études après la TIS
  • Salons d’échanges sur l’après TIS (Ingénieur en milieu hospitalier, Data Management, Interopérabilité et bien d’autres !)

Le salon a eu lieu sur Zoom puis sur Discord et a été un moyen pour de nombreux élèves d’éclaircir leurs interrogations et de garder le contact au sein de la filière. Parmi quelques témoignages anonymisés, on retrouve :

« Très intéressant de voir les parcours. Cela permet de se positionner sur l’avenir et l’option à prendre en 5ème année. »

« Le format vidéo permet d’avoir des étudiants moins stressés pour les 60secondes, l’ambiance générale et le jeu de M. Promayon* ont rendu l’événement très agréable à suivre ».

De façon générale, la majorité des participants a trouvé que les outils étaient très adaptés à cet évènement et que son organisation fut superbe. Encore félicitations et à très bientôt pour le prochain MeeTIS !

*  Un quizz en ligne et en direct de team building sur la filière TIS, avec lots à gagner.

How to: Getting married as students? Organizational tips (#2)

As the summer approaches, the wedding season gets closer!

If you haven’t read the first part of this article, here is the link to find it !


With time passing by, you might be starting to stress a little bit more about the organization of your party. Don’t worry, it is totally normal!

You might have found your dress, and already chosen the place of your dinner reception. The key feature you should start worrying about is the caterer for your dinner. In fact, some places are only rentable if you choose to hire one of their caterers. In this case, the price might be a little higher, but the choice becomes a straightforward process and the organization is usually easier as the caterer already knows the kitchen and the furniture of the place.

In order to choose a caterer, you need to define which type of dinner you want: A seated dinner? A buffet?

A seated meal can look more luxurious and exceptional, although it might be more expensive as you need to pay the numerous waiters. We decided to go for a buffet, so our guests can choose between different courses. Moreover, we thought that it was more pleasant for the guests to give them the possibility of moving a little and talk with other tables during the dinner. Something you need to check before hiring a caterer, is if he or she imposes a corkage fee. In fact, it is often more interesting to bring your own drinks, but the caterer can ask for more than €5 for each bottle you bring. If it is the case, then you can probably abandon the idea of bringing your own drinks.

Aperçu traiteur

If you feel courageous or if you know people working in catering, you might want to organize yourself the whole meal. It might be very interesting and very satisfying, but you need to realize that it requires a lot of time and a very strong organization! In fact, you need to think about where you’ll buy food, who will go and transport the food, where to rent a refrigerated truck, who will do the service, where will you rent the tablecloths and napkins, how will you get the tableware etc. It is completely doable but most of the time, hiring a caterer is much more interesting and it will save you lots of stress and organizational issues.


Now that your guests have received a Save the Date and that you have found how you will proceed for the meal, you can start sending the final invitations. It should be done 3 to 4 months before your D-Date, and you should ask for responses 1 or 2 months before the wedding.

As we got confined, we had a lot of time to do the invitations ourselves from Canson paper and die-cutting plate. Although, I recommend you buy “simple” cards on the internet. Then, if you want to, you’ll be able to customize them with some ribbon, lace or whatever pleases you!

In order to remain as organized as possible, I encourage you to create an excel file with all the contact details of your guests and whom is invited to which part of the wedding (ceremony + dinner or just ceremony). Then, you’ll be able to add a column to specify  if you have  already sent an invitation or not, another column with their response! It would be very useful if you can also add a column in order to write down if your guest is an adult / teen / child or baby. Then, you will easily access  the exact number of adults staying for dinner, and the number of children in order to hire a babysitter or two! This information will be very important to communicate to your caterer, and for you to draft a seating plan for example.

Name Age Mail Address Invitation R. Ceremony R. Dinner
Charles Phillip Ingalss Adult Ingalls@gmail.com Little House on the Prairie Sent Yes Yes
Sophie de Réan Children NA Château de Réan Sent Yes No


Don’t hesitate to delegate tasks to your witnesses! They will probably be thrilled to take part of such an event! One last and major rule to apply:

On the D-Day, you shouldn’t take care of anything else than you and your spouse!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Throughout the month of May, the celebration of mothers takes place.
As we all know, the responsibility of motherhood is huge, and the mental load can easily be very stressful.

This holiday exists so we can show appreciation to women who have an influence on our lives, whether it is our biological mother, our stepmother, our adoptive mother, a mother-to-be, a mother who has passed away, and the list goes on.
Hopefully we all have a mother figure in our lives that is there to support us, to help us make the right decisions, and to care for us. 

A bit of history…

This holiday has its own history, depending on the country. 

The celebration of a mother figure is known to have started in ancient Greece, when people celebrated Rhea, the Great Mother of the Gods.
During the 16th century, Christians used to celebrate Mothering Sunday in the UK, a very religious commemoration at the time that honored women and their children.
Mother’s Day, as we know it nowadays, started in the United States. The first women to desire to start this tradition were Julia Howe and Ann Jarvis, who campaigned for a peaceful celebration in the late 1800s. In 1908, the first Mother Day’s celebration took place as Ann’s daughter organized a private memorial for Ann, who had recently passed away.
This idea quickly spread throughout the whole country, even if the proposal to make it an official holiday was denied at first. Eventually, in 1914, the President of the United States accepted it as a national holiday, held every year on the second Sunday of May. After that, several countries all around the world followed up the tradition and officialised this holiday… But what about France?

Mother’s Day in France

The origins of this holiday in France are quite different from what I have just told you about.

In the early 1800s, the French emperor Napoléon I, thought of creating a day where people would celebrate mothers of large families. This idea did not come to life until 1896, as a way of motivating people to be more family-oriented and have more children. Shortly, during the first decade of the 20th century, mothers of big families were starting to get honored as much as the fathers. 

French people would have to wait until the end of World War I to start celebrating Mother’s Day inspired by the American tradition.
In 1918 a celebration took place to honor the women who lost their husbands in battle.  Mother’s Day became an official holiday in the following years, with the intention of celebrating and honoring mothers and their involvement in their family’s lives.
In 1950, a law was passed stating that Mother’s Day would occur every year on the last Sunday of May. However, if the Pentecost (Christian holiday after Easter) happens on that same Sunday, Mother’s Day is postponed to the first Sunday of June. And guess what? That is what is going to happen this year! Mother’s Day in France will be celebrated on June 7th of 2020.

The new way of celebrating Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day, which was first created to make mothers feel appreciated, has now been highly exploited. In fact, retailers quickly understood how this holiday could be beneficial for them and started to take advantage of it.

From Mother’s Day pre-made cards to expensive gifts, the commercialization of this holiday is one of the most successful ways to make money in most developed countries.

What could we do to make Mother’s Day less of a commercial holiday?

Well, there are a lot of possibilities! 

    • Instead of buying pre-made cards at your local supermarket, you could make your own.
      It is quite easy, fast and you have the power to do whatever you want to your card – make it simple or extravagant, you decide!
    • Write a letter to the mother figure you want to celebrate.
      Writing letters is a lost art. Unlike cards, which are meant to be aesthetically pleasing, take this chance to express yourself and tell them how much they mean to you.
    • Food, food, food!
      You could prepare her a little something to eat, in order to show her your appreciation. Whether it is breakfast in the morning or any other meal, this is a lovely idea that would make anyone happy.
    • A drawing goes a long way.
      The simplest things can bring the most happiness in life. If you are an artsy person, you could definitely draw something cute and give it to her as a gift.
    • Make use of your printer.
      Some moments are so special that they become part of the highlights of our lives. Do not hesitate to print a picture (or a picture collage) that means a lot to both of you.
    • Most importantly, do not forget to tell her how much you care about her.
      Sometimes we do not show much affection to the ones we care about the most. This is the perfect opportunity to remind them how important they are to you.

Hopefully, you enjoy this year’s Mother’s Day close to the women you appreciate the most in your life. If not, do not forget that distance does not invalidate your feelings. Cherish the sweet memories!
Also, keep in mind that there are various celebrations honoring other family members such as fathers and grandparents and they are just as important! Appreciate your relationship with others and keep on making great memories.

A Brazilian student in Polytech : Interview of Marilia Rosato, a MAT student

Marilia came from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), a public university located in São Carlos. The university hosts 26 000 students on its campus, when the population of São Carlos is around 245 000 inhabitants. We can compare it to the UGA and Grenoble in a smaller size. There, she was studying materials science and engineering.

She wanted to do a year abroad to discover a new culture and to gain new technical skills. Coming here was the only opportunity that she had to do a masters abroad and to obtain a double degree.

To come here, she had to learn the language first. She started to learn French doing 2 hours of classes per week for a year. It allowed her to have a B1 level. And from a French student perspective, she and all of her fellow Brazilian students who came here had a very good French level and I think we were all impressed to see them adapt so quickly.

The fact that she came here with other Brazilians student was a big plus. They could help each other settle in and not be overwhelmed by the administrative procedure and the distance from their home. To find lodging, they were helped by Polytech to complete all the procedure with the CROUS.

Then the classes started. At first it was a little difficult to integrate with us, the French student. The language barrier still being quite difficult to overcome, the French that they had learnt was quite different to the one that we use to communicate daily. Especially us, younger people. But with time, they adapted and they felt well integrated in the class.

The first semester was the hardest for them. It was also the hardest for us, as this is usually the hardest semester in MAT. The schedule was also a lot busier than what they were used to. With the added concentration effort that they had to make in order to understand French, it was quite hard at first. The second semester was easier and since Marilia already had done well in the first one, it was less stressful.

About Grenoble, she found it to be great. The mountains are great and plenty of activities are available. She found it very dynamic all year long. The food is also a big plus.

She also had plenty of time to travel across Europe with her Brazilian mates, which was great since you don’t travel across continents very often. Their first trip was to Iceland during the Toussaint break of 2018. She has visited 11 countries in total.

In summary, she loved it here in Grenoble. We all know how discovering a new culture is always very enriching. But she can say that this experience has changed her life for good, because of all the friendships that she created here but also with the new opportunities that this has given her career-wise. Finally, she has to finish her studies in Brazil starting in August but she plans to come back to live here in 2021.

Un jour, un·e confiné·e : Jérôme, étudiant en E2I 5

Après déjà 6 semaines de confinement, la vie des étudiant·e·s s’est adaptée. Comment s’organisent leurs journées ? Quelles sont les difficultés rencontrées ? Nous sommes parti·e·s à leur rencontre, à distance !

Si certain·e·s ont pu rentrer dans leur famille, parfois sous la pression parentale, d’autres n’ont pas forcément eu d’autre choix que de rester dans leur appartement étudiant au cœur de Grenoble. Jérôme, qui vit sa dernière année dans la filière E2I, est originaire de Guadeloupe et pour lui, faire le voyage était trop risqué. Il nous a donc virtuellement ouvert les portes de sa vie en centre-ville, en solitaire dans son 30 m2. Mais bon, selon ses propres mots, “ça va pour moi !”

Une alternance 100% à la maison

A la différence de nombre d’élèves de l’école, les étudiant.e.s de la filière Électronique et Informatique Industrielle sont en alternance. “Pas de vacances pour nous” rappelle donc Jérôme. Avant le confinement, son rythme était d’être une semaine sur deux en entreprise lorsqu’il n’était pas à Polytech. Et maintenant, tout se déroule à son appartement. “Les cours se font à distance” nous explique-t-il “et on est sur Discord la plupart du temps, voire TEAMS pour les professeur.e.s qui ne peuvent pas faire autrement depuis leurs ordinateurs professionnels.” Cependant, il ne s’agit pas de cours magistraux mais plutôt de nombreux projets à mener en autonomie en binôme. Ainsi, l’éloignement se fait moins ressentir.

Pour ce qui est de son travail au sein de l’entreprise, les choses sont un peu plus chamboulées. L’étudiant avait l’habitude de travailler sur deux aspects du métiers plutôt différents : d’un côté du code, de l’autre des tests sur des STM32. Si la programmation est parfaitement adaptée au télétravail, il ne peut pas en dire de même pour ses tests. “On a une réunion hebdomadaire avec l’équipe et seules deux personnes sont autorisées à se déplacer physiquement sur le site pour effectuer les analyses des autres.” D’autre part, malgré le confort que nous trouvons tou·te·s à travailler depuis chez nous, il existe certains désavantages. Au bureau, j’ai un meilleur matériel pour bosser : trois écrans pour coder, j’ai un super set-up. Chez moi, c’est un peu moins bien, j’ai l’impression de prendre plus de temps pour faire mes tâches” déplore-t-il.

Jérôme n’est pas trop inquiet quant aux examens pendant cette période de confinement. “Nous avons beaucoup de présentations de projet, donc c’est comme des TP mais à distance.” D’autre part, il n’a pas de soucis à se faire quant à son stage à l’étranger, déjà réalisé l’année dernière.

Mon appart, mon organisation

Avec le télétravail, Jérôme peut arranger ses périodes de travail de façon plus souple. Il nous confirme que grâce à ses nombreuses semaines d’alternance dans son entreprise, il a gardé une certaine routine. L’étudiant nous explique également que “quand je suis motivé à fond, je ne m’arrête pas. Et si je sens que je ne suis plus productif, je préfère faire une pause et m’aérer l’esprit avant de reprendre sur des bases plus saines.”

Alors que certain·e·s préfèrent compartimenter strictement les moments de travail et de détente, Jérôme n’en ressent pas le besoin. En effet, cette notion ne lui était pas familière avant même que l’idée de confinement n’effleure les esprits. “Quand j’étais en cours, ça m’arrivait bien souvent de penser au travail, notamment à mon code” et aujourd’hui encore, ça lui arrive – comme à nous tou·te·s – d’avoir des épiphanies sous la douche.

Quand il ne travaille pas, Jérôme ressent tout de même le besoin de s’occuper. “Je comprends les gens qui ont vraiment envie de sortir mais moi je me fais à l’idée. J’ai plein de choses à faire chez moi !” Il a notamment développé une application en Python lui permettant de contrôler ses lampes depuis son ordinateur, application sur laquelle il travaille toujours, si vous êtes intéressé.e pour lui donner un coup de main. Il s’amuse également à faire des montages vidéos, que nombre d’entre nous ont pu admirer lors du Tournoi des Sorciers. En dehors des écrans, ce confinement lui a permis de faire un grand ménage dans son appartement, de bricoler un peu, de s’acheter une cave à vin. Et prendre l’air ? “Je ne sors que pour faire mes courses, une à deux fois par semaine, ça me prend 15 minutes de vélo.” Le confinement l’a aussi encouragé à se lancer un peu plus dans la cuisine : il prépare ses propres pizzas et s’est lancé dans la préparation de plats antillais. Mais il nous confie que de temps en temps, ça lui arrive de cuisiner le plat étudiant par excellence… Des pâtes !

Des plans compromis mais une vision optimiste de la suite

Avec le confinement, on peut se sentir un peu seul.e.s dans nos appartements plus ou moins grands. Mais ce n’est pas le cas de Jérôme. Bien que la communication ait diminué de manière générale entre étudiant.e.s de sa classe, il assure que les liens sont conservés. “Et puis, il y a aussi les petits groupes de potes, on se retrouve en visio pour faire l’apéro.” Quant à sa famille, malgré les six heures de décalage horaire, il ne ressent pas spécialement de manque puisque qu’il la contacte une à deux fois par semaine.

Avant le confinement; l’étudiant avait prévu quelques voyages : “Londres, Dublin, la Croatie… mais ça risque d’être compliqué !” assume-t-il avec bonne humeur. “J’ai repoussé pour Londres et Dublin, tant pis pour la Croatie.” Ce qui lui manque aussi, ce sont les sorties entre ami.e.s autour d’un verre, et même s’il ne compte pas faire quelque chose de précis le jour-même du déconfinement, il est certain que sa première activité sera de retrouver ses potes. D’autre part, il commence à scruter les offres d’emploi pour l’année prochaine, que ce soit un CDI dans son entreprise actuelle ou ailleurs. On lui souhaite bonne chance et de trouver ce qu’il cherche le plus tôt possible !