How to shoot yourself in the foot, or
Produce a "deer in the headlights" response that will mess you up badly:

The way to produce paralysis
is to ignore the check list that follows and to try to begin with the result (a perfect semester topic) without the journey--and work--that's necessary to create a really good project that you will enjoy doing, and will be justly proud of when you're done.

It's amazing how easy it is to fall into this trap, which might also be described as trying to produce the tip of the iceberg without the large foundation of the submerged iceberg underneath.

The best escape route is to follow the "road map," which follows.

START EARLY so you'll have plenty of time to develop and write your paper.

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