What to talk about
Worried about what you will say
when you are dining with your professor? Don’t be! We have provided some
resources that will help set you up for success.
Possible themes and questions to
Why did you decide to become a
- What made you decide to go into the
field that you are in?
- What is your favorite thing about
- Which aspects of your job do you
Why did you discuss last Monday’s
lecture the way you did?
- Can you talk more about your
specific research interests?
- Can you explain this idea a little
- I am interested in learning more
about ___ idea. What other resources would you recommend I look into?
Where did you get your education?
- How did you come to Carolina?
- Where are you originally from?
- What is your favorite part about
being in the Chapel Hill area?
Where are some interesting places
you have been or would like to go?
-What are your favorite sports
-If you weren’t an
instructor/professor, what would you do?
- What do you do when you aren’t in
Prior to meal, brainstorm some of
your own discussion topics.
- Listen to what they are saying and
ask follow-up questions. Faculty members want to get to know
you as well. At the very least, the Meals with Heels program is a great
opportunity to introduce yourself to the faculty member. You would be surprised
how much of a difference that actually makes.
- Write a thank-you note /email after
your meal to maintain rapport.
Additional conversation tips can be
found at the following sources: