So, I'm filling out applications for graduate school. In each of the applications there is a section to mention the names of any professors you have contacted. I have yet to contact any professors at any graduate institutions. I know that this can help in getting accepted to competitive programs, but I do not know what to say. When I contact a professor at a graduate school, what should I talk or ask about? If anyone has corresponded with a professor during your application process, or if you are a professor that has been contacted by a prospective student, can you give me some advice on what I should ask about? Any advice at all will be appreciated.