When I first joined College Writing Programs, my colleague Mike Larkin kindly ran out during a break in our fall pre-semester faculty meeting and returned with a hard copy of the two-page College Writing Programs (CWP) "Student Information Sheet," and he added his own technology survey for students. I combined both documents and gave this survey to my three sections of CW R1A, a six-unit intensive seminar with fourteen students in each class. We actively and recursively read Reyna Grande's The Distance Between Us, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah, a textbook on cross-cultural communication, and many short articles, including of course Anne Lamott's "The Shitty First Draft" from Bird by Bird. The information provided by this three-page CWP Student Information Sheet proved invaluable. It helped me recognize students' multicultural strengths and diagnose their language transference challenges. The slide deck has a link to a copy of that Student Information Sheet, plus to my own short Questionnaire for students. From the first day of the semester, I emphasize the metacognitive approach to learning that we will take. The PowerPoint describes other activities that I include in class and outside of class to cultivate dialogue, community, student confidence, and excellence.