1. Your phone rings; it’s your dream graduate program. They’re offering you a full ride on the spot if you can tell them—right now—what your research agenda looks like. (You can change your mind later).
What specifically do you plan to study and research?
What questions do you have about this subject?
Why do you want to devote the next two, five, or eight years to this subject?
2. Brainstorm possible lists
What is your “best” work? (e.g., your best grade, most innovative research, most thoughtful volunteer work)