Greetings, In a few days, I'll be in the same city as my #1 choice for graduate schools, and I thought maybe it would do me well to meet with one of the professors there to try and get an "in" when it comes to admissions. This is definitely one of those times where I wish I were an extrovert (or at least not so paralyzingly socially awkward), since I have a horrible feeling that this meeting will consist of mostly awkward silences. I was wondering if anyone could give me advice. I have read through some of his papers and understood them as much as I can (mostly understanding motivations/results). He does theory, so I don't think that I am expected to understand his research at a very deep level as an undergrad, but please correct me if I'm wrong. I would be thrilled if someone could answer the following questions: What are some possible discussion points I should bring up? Are there any obvious questions I should ask him? Should I bring a copy of my CV or anything? Is this something I should set up through the department, or e-mail the professor directly? Is there anything else I should do? The obvious answer would be to see how I like the city, but I spent the summer there for an REU so I'm already in love with the university and city (which is why I'm visiting... 3 months later, and they still haven't paid me ) Is it even worth it? It would maybe be more efficient (but less effective) to just exchange e-mails with the guy. Also, since I'll be applying to grad school in the next few weeks, maybe it's too late to build a solid relationship before apps are due. I've read a million threads on here about e-mailing/calling professors, but very few about actually visiting a school/professor that I'm interested in working with. I'm profoundly nervous about this opportunity, as like I said before, I don't exactly ooze social skills. Please help me out!