Look at every altered course title and think of the words, phrases, ideas or puns that you associate with each one. Sit down with an open mind, jotting down every thought that comes to you. Record yourself talking about the prompt with a friend or even just yourself, and play some music or get some exercise to get your blood pumping and creative juices flowing. It can be hard, but try to have fun with this essay! These prompts are strange and outlandish for a reason.
If you relax, your thoughts will flow more naturally, which is crucial for an essay which requires you demonstrate how you think. When I shared the video of my eating fried insects in Thailand, my friends were seriously offended. Some stopped talking to me, while the rest thought I had lost my mind and recommended me the names of a few psychologists. A major in Gastrophysics at UChicago is not for the faint hearted. You have to have a stomach for it!
I do hope I am accepted to it as it is the only University in the U. My passion for trying unique food such as fish eye has made me want to understand the complexities of how it affects our digestive system. I understand that Gastrophysics started with a big pang of food, which quickly expanded to famish.
Bite years are used to measure the amount of food ingested. Gastrophysics truly unravels the physics of food. At UChicago I will understand the intricacies of what time to eat, how to eat and how food will be digested. Do we need to take antiparticle acid if we feel acidity is becoming a matter of concern? At what angle should the mouth be, for the best possible tasting experience?
When I tried crocodile meat, I found that at a 0 degree tilt, it tasted like fish and chicken at the same time. But the same tasted more like fish at a negative angle and like chicken at a positive angle. I want to unravel these mysteries in a class by Professor Daniel Holz in gravitational gastrophysics, understanding the unseen strong and weak forces at play which attract food to our stomachs.
I find that Gastrophysics is also important for fastronomy. I want to learn the physics of fasting. How should we fast? Hubble bubble is a good chewing gum; an appetite suppressant in case you feel pangs of hunger. I have read how the UChicago Fastronauts are stepping up to test uncharted territories. Intermittent fasting is a new method being researched, and UChicago offers the opportunity for furthering this research.
Which is better: fasting for 16 hours and eating for 8, or fasting for 24 hours twice a week? It is just one of the problems that UChicago offers a chance to solve. I can also study the new branch it offers that uses farticle physics. It is the science of tracking farticles and how they interact with each other and chemicals in the stomach space. It could give rise to supernovae explosions, turning people into gas giants.
It would also teach about the best ways to expel gas and clean the system and prevent stomach space expansion. I want to take Fluid dynamics , another important course in Gastrophysics; teaching about the importance of water and other fluids in the body, and the most important question: what happens if you try to drink superfluids?
I hope to do interdisciplinary courses with observational gastrophysicists and work with environmental science majors to track how much methane is given by the human and animal gastrointestinal tract in the atmosphere and how much it contributes to the global climate change. I believe, with the help of courses in date science, they have been able to keep a track of how much methane is entering each day, and they found that during Dec Jan 3 period, a spike in the methane and ethane levels could be seen.
Accordingly, algorithms are being programmed to predict the changes all year round. I would love to use my strong mathematical background to explore these algorithms. These courses are specially designed by the distinguished faculty of UChicago. Doing interdisciplinary research in collaboration with biological science students to determine what aliens may eat, with fart historians to know more about the intestinal structure of medieval Italians, Japanese, Chinese, Swedish and French people to better their lives is what I look forward to.
The Paris study abroad program is an immersion course into fastronomy, where I will have the opportunity to test my self-control with all the amazing French food and desserts around! Mistake 3 : Screwing up the mascot, stadium, team colors or names of any important people or places on campus. Mistake 4 : Parroting the brochures or website language. Mistake 5 : Describing traditions the school is well known for.
Mistake 6 : Thinking of this as only a "why them" essay as mentioned above. Here are some steps to figure that out. Step 2 : Use this chart to map out your research. Clear thesis that names the academic area s you want to pursue and maybe charts the path of the essay. Find opportunities that are particular to the school i. How it works: Identify one core value that links you to the school and tell a story. Like so:. Find a way in which you and the school are deeply aligned. Could I create a hybrid approach by focusing on a central theme, but still listing a few reasons?
Well, I am. After I realized this, my summer camp roommate never saw me before 10 pm for two weeks. UChicago is the only institution that grants access to those notes, and I wonder when my roommate will see me since there is no curfew for undergraduates. Edward L. While technically the seminar is for graduate students, Prof. Augusta Thomas Thomas assured me that distinguished undergraduates can participate as well.
My final BA project, as I envision now, will be a full opera that embodies Neo-Confucian philosophy in a modern story, performed in English and accompanied by a Western-style orchestra. Insofar as I am a cultural philosopher interested in starting a Neo-Confucian reformation through literature and music, I look forward to seeing that reformation emerging in the neighborhood of Hyde Park. Use clear, direct structural elements. The body discusses specific classes, programs, and opportunities, some of them unique to UChicago, and then shows through clear reflections on how they connect to what the student wants to pursue.
Connect those details to your values. After watching a few groups distribute their scarce resources, I give each child a lollipop before I leave the center with a full notebook. Well, I guess I might not get this position of student volunteer at the Becker Friedman Institute immediately. But for me, this small fantasy is symbolic of all the things I want to experience at UChicago as a prospective energy economist.
Studying at Chicago would be a dream come true for me: bringing economics into everyday life and applying it to environmental problems, while roaming Chicago and having fun. Creative and experimental thinking is, I believe, what is needed in my career as an energy economist and these two courses will prepare me well to step up to my challenge. I also plan to take Climate Change in Literature, Art, and Film ENST to study how popular media characterizes environmental problems and what climate change looks like from the perspective of humanities.
Will Chicago kids settle for Chupa Chups? Or Neptune made of soap? Pick a celestial object, reimagine its material composition, and explore the implications. Feel free to explore the realms of physics, philosophy, fantasy…the sky is the limit! A New York Minute measures the period of time between a traffic light turning green and the cab behind you honking.
Invent a new unit of measurement. How is it derived? How is it used? What are its equivalents? Option 4 "There is no such thing as a new idea" - Mark Twain. Are any pieces of art, literature, philosophy, or technology truly original, or just a different combination of old ideas? Pick something, anything besides yourself , and explain why it is, or is not, original. Option 5 It's said that history repeats itself. But what about other disciplines?
Choose another field chemistry, philosophy, etc. Explain how it repeats itself. Option 6 In the spirit of adventurous inquiry and with the encouragement of one of our current students! Be original, creative, thought provoking. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social critic, sage, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk, and have fun! Look through the examples below to get a sense of how other students have answered previous prompts and see what caliber of essay UChicago is looking for.
The human mind tends to dislike inconsistencies. Possibly for this reason, philosophers created or discovered? Both Eastern and Western philosophy have, perhaps without realizing it, struggled with the Olive Garden dilemma for centuries. Chemistry, biology, and environmental science all teach us that matter and energy recycle, something mirrored in Neo-Confucian cosmology. In the li-qi principle-matters system, the li of the universe is fixed, and the qi at any time is limited, but as time goes on, the qi breaks and reorganizes itself according to the li, destroying and creating matter endlessly.
The Hegelian dialectic, while working a little differently, shows the same thing. The Thesis and the Anti-Thesis are limited at a given point in time, but as their conflicts grow and materialize over time, a Synthesis is formed -- creating stuff endlessly! Although the computer has only limited storage, variations with time create limitless images on the screen.
Similarly, although the universe has only a limited amount of matter, over an infinitely long period of time Olive Garden can surely serve limitless amounts of food. Even if the amount of matter in this universe is finite, we have no way of knowing it -- the universe could be bound, but its terminus is beyond our perception. In other words, the food of Olive Garden is made infinite by the customers! As German philosopher Immanuel Kant formulated in his Critique of Pure Reason , the unperceivable world -- the thing-in-itself, aka the secrets in the kitchen -- is unknowable and could be finite or infinite.
But what makes it seem infinite is our limited capacity to know, or in this case, to eat. This makes the food at Olive Garden effectively infinite. Political theories offer tantalizing possibilities for explanation, until each is devoured in time. The combination of the self-generating matter of the universe and the limited capacity of mind -- parallel to the continuously refilling Olive Garden salad bar and the limited appetite of each of us -- can lead to a feeling of frustration.
I remember a time when I almost finished off the salad bar, but seconds later they refilled it. Numerous other theories arose to make sense of our geopolitics, and some did a good job -- for a period of time. As the situation itself keeps changing, those theories inevitably become less accurate and less relevant.
Political phenomena in the world, like the food at Olive Garden, just keep presenting themselves ceaselessly, and neither our minds nor our appetites seem capable of fully handling them. Hence, we start to question the question. Maybe the initial proposition itself is wrong! As I wrote this previous line, I finally realized how infinity is truly possible: it is our very ability to doubt, to think outside the box, to question fixed propositions, that is truly infinite.
My favorite philosopher of science, Thomas Kuhn, acknowledges as much: true, no single account of the world is fully accurate, but in attempting to formulate those accounts, we create many different ways of looking at the world -- many mini-worlds to ourselves. Language, structure, and tone.
This tone is something the essay carries off well throughout the body and one that took several drafts to achieve. The body paragraphs use clear topic sentences, giving us readers a clear sense of direction and focus. The word choice and sentence structure show a solid degree of craft. The final line gives a nice, clear sense of closure, while again walking a line with tone. Show them brains.
Each body paragraph does a nice job of tacking in a new direction that allows the author to show both the depth and breadth of his understanding, spanning a complex spectrum of philosophical and political thought Hegel, Confucius, Kant, Daoism, Fukuyama, Huntington, Kuhn , and the fun and interesting ways he can apply that understanding. After asking the children to gather around a large table at the center of the room, I announce the challenge.
In a split second hands are scrambling all over the desk and the children scream in delight and in frustration. In a few seconds, everyone retreats from the table to protect their bounty and I see the plastic bag has exploded. Looking around the room, I see a mixture of smiles and frowns just as I expected.
Tough Soomin has quickly grabbed hold of eight; little Jaeyong has none. Yes, Junhyeon, I mean it. Just look around, guys. Is everyone happy? Many kids shake their heads passionately. Soomin looks a little sheepish. But this is where economics comes in, right? Bringing up the PowerPoint slide, I introduce them to the Tragedy of the Commons and tell them that this way of distribution was Option 1: Leave everyone to do whatever they want, the very process that causes a Tragedy.
After collecting their lollipops back a difficult process that involves my begging , I announce Option 2: Government Regulation. I pass all the lollipops to Minsoo, assigning him the government role. What I see is nothing close; I see our own society. Minsoo gives priority to his closest friends, letting them choose flavors and giving them two each. When he has left-overs, he pockets a few for himself.
My presentation loses a lot of meaning with many kids still unhappy. I want everyone to be happy! I watch the debate closely, hoping to see the negotiation process bear fruit as predicted by Nobel laureates Elinor Ostrom and Ronald Coase.
This is supposed to be the best solution for small communities, and it appears so. After spending weekends together, the children know each other well enough for discussion. When they eventually work out something, I ask them if they consider this to be the best solution. Everyone seems to nod and I end the lesson after presenting the ideas of Ostrom and Coase. I pack my stuff after the lesson when two children come to me.
There were some people who secretly took the flavor we wanted and we had to let them because they were older than us. At least they have a smile as they go back home. I was simulating an economy with some twenty children. But the difficulties of finding a solution even in this microcosm had me thinking: what about the real world? Everyone loves a good story structure : This essay opens with a classic storytelling move—dive into a moment that paints a vivid picture and sets up a conflict before you give us the wider context.
Get creative in showing your creativity: Lollipops and the Tragedy of the Commons? Tell us more. Show growth: This can be a scary thing to do, but discussing your failures can show growth and maturity. We have a natural tendency and are subject to social pressures that influence us to want to be perceived as capable, knowing.
It does just-okay at the box office. Milo drives through the tollbooth. Dorothy is swept up in the tornado.
The University of Chicago is one of the most competitive U. But for college applicants, the school is probably best known for its out-of-the-box, creative supplemental essay prompts. UChicago releases 5 new essay prompts inspired by their students every year, along with a set of past prompts applicants can choose from. In this article, we have provided all the guidelines and examples for your why Uchicago essay. Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.
There is no strict word limit to this essay, but UChicago suggests a response of around words. There are multiple ways you could approach this essay prompt; although since UChicago is best known for its academics as opposed to killer sports teams, for example , most people will discuss the academic side for at least part of their response.
In your response, you should choose about one to three reasons why you think the University of Chicago is the best school for you. Remember to answer the prompt completely; this means talking about both the learning and community at UChicago, as well as your plans for the future and how UChicago can help you achieve them.
To help you get a better idea of what a great response to this prompt can look like, below are two Why UChicago essay examples. The first is an excerpt from an essay written by an admitted student, and the second is an essay we wrote.
Below are some examples that might guide you when writing yours;. As I prepare to leave my home for a university, I dream of joining the University of Chicago community. In all honesty, UChicago is probably the only university that will accept and even encourage my eclectic thinking and passion for finding adventure in everyday life. I want to learn about game theory and astrophysics not just in surface-level introductory classes, but through in-depth discussion and analysis.
At UChicago, the Core curriculum will feed my hunger for a broad undergraduate education by guaranteeing that one-third of my studies will be dedicated to the exploration of the humanities, sciences, and arts. I yearn to engage in vibrant discussion with UChicago musicians who study neurosciences, business majors who star in theatrical productions and psychology students who are learning Mandarin.
It is just one of the problems that UChicago offers a chance to solve. I can also study the new branch it offers that uses farticle physics. It is the science of tracking farticles and how they interact with each other and chemicals in the stomach space. It could give rise to supernovae explosions, turning people into gas giants.
It would also teach about the best ways to expel gas and clean the system and prevent stomach space expansion. I want to take Fluid dynamics , another important course in Gastrophysics; teaching about the importance of water and other fluids in the body, and the most important question: what happens if you try to drink superfluids? I hope to do interdisciplinary courses with observational gastrophysicists and work with environmental science majors to track how much methane is given by the human and animal gastrointestinal tract in the atmosphere and how much it contributes to the global climate change.
I believe, with the help of courses in date science, they have been able to keep a track of how much methane is entering each day, and they found that during Dec Jan 3 period, a spike in the methane and ethane levels could be seen. Accordingly, algorithms are being programmed to predict the changes all year round.
I would love to use my strong mathematical background to explore these algorithms. These courses are specially designed by the distinguished faculty of UChicago. Doing interdisciplinary research in collaboration with biological science students to determine what aliens may eat, with fart historians to know more about the intestinal structure of medieval Italians, Japanese, Chinese, Swedish and French people to better their lives is what I look forward to.
The Paris study abroad program is an immersion course into fastronomy, where I will have the opportunity to test my self-control with all the amazing French food and desserts around! My stomach rumbles now, so I am going out to try out new food — hopefully it will be in Chicago a few months later. This essay draws its strength from its demonstrated intellectual vitality, cleverly-incorporated real-world references, and humor.
Right off the bat, this author establishes a personal connection between his lived experiences and his chosen fictional major: Gastrophysics. But the humor of this situation is engaging nonetheless, hooking the reader in and encouraging them to read further.
A major in Gastrophysics at U Chicago is not for the faint hearted. Here, the applicant cleverly entertains the idea of a major in Gastrophysics through an extended pattern of puns, pulling us into a vivid universe that replaces the Big Bang with the Big Pang, light years with bite years, and even particles with farticles.
Secondly, he demonstrates intellectual vitality in diving into the interconnected fields of Physics and Gastronomy while drawing parallels to Astrology and Biology. At UChicago, I will understand the intricacies of what time to eat, how to eat and how food will be digested. The last sentence is particularly strong. This establishes his genuine interest in Astrophysics, specifically at UChicago, and demonstrates a close fit with the school.
Ah, farticles! Risky topic, but a creative one. Here, our student delves into his interest in the research opportunities available at UChicago and continues to profess his love for astrophysics, all while maintaining vivid, engaging language. The writing style is simultaneously playful and mad-scientist-esque.
Here, the student delves into even more intellectual interests by incorporating the fields of environmental and data science, showing a willingness and ability to appreciate a wide range of academic offerings available at UChicago. This is especially useful given how deeply UChicago values authentic nerdiness across a wide range of topics. This essay likely scored this applicant an extra point or two in his Intellectual Vitality category. They really do have a spring study-abroad program to study Astronomy in France which is built to create an enriching understanding of both Astrophysics and European culture in its students.
Clever unconventionality. Intellectual vitality. This student draws connections between a fictional major and his real-life intellectual interests. He speaks about said interests with true enthusiasm. Instead, the applicant uses puns as a vessel for demonstrating the genuine depth of his intellectual passions.
He shows an interest in UChicago which extends far beyond zany application prompts and into its real-life course offerings. A mere extended joke would make for a superficial essay, but this student took his topic to its needed depths. We encourage you to do the same. Want help with your college essays to improve your admissions chances? Sign up for your free CollegeVine account and get access to our essay guides and courses.
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