Write a memo (at least 1½ pages long) introducing yourself to your instructor. Include the following topics:
Background: Where did you grow up? What have you done in terms of school, extracurricular activities, jobs, and family life?
Interests: What are you interested in? What do you like to do? What do you like to think about and talk about?
Academics: What courses have you liked the best in school? Why? What life skills have you gained? How do you hope to use them? What do you hope to gain from this course?
Achievements: What achievements have given you the greatest personal satisfaction? List at least five. Include things that gave you a real sense of accomplishment and pride, whether or not they’re the sort of thing you’d list on a résumé.
Goals: What do you hope to accomplish this term?
Where would you like to be professionally and personally five years from now? Use complete memo format with appropriate headings. (See Appendix A for examples of memo format.) Use a conversational writing style; check your draft to polish the style and edit for mechanical and grammatical correctness. A good memo will enable your instructor to see you as an individual. Use specific details to make your memo vivid and interesting. Remember that one of your purposes is to interest your reader!