Write an essay somehow inspired by super-huge mustard. Imagine you’ve struck a deal with the Dean of Admissions himself, Dean Nondorf.
Seriously, how cool is the mantis shrimp: mantisshrimp.What might they be able to see that we cannot? The ball is in your court—a penny for your thoughts, but say it, don’t spray it.
So long as you don’t bite off more than you can chew, beat around the bush, or cut corners, writing this essay should be a piece of cake. History and art are full of heroes and their enemies.
What types of courses would be taught at this site?
What cultural experiences await students who study there? I liked some of the ones from previous years more than those made newly available for my year.
The German word “fremdschämen” encapsulates the feeling you get when you’re embarrassed on behalf of someone else.
All of these require explanation in order to properly communicate their meaning, and are, to varying degrees, untranslatable. Parts of an atom, laws of thought, a guideline for composition. Create your own group of threes, and describe why and how they fit together.Have you ever walked through the aisles of a warehouse store like Costco or Sam’s Club and wondered who would buy a jar of mustard a foot and a half tall?We’ve bought it, but it didn’t stop us from wondering about other things, like absurd eating contests, impulse buys, excess, unimagined uses for mustard, storage, preservatives, notions of bigness…and dozens of other ideas both silly and serious.They can be approached with utter seriousness, complete fancy, or something in between.Each year we email newly admitted and current College students and ask them for essay topics.The University of Chicago has long been renowned for our provocative essay questions.We think of them as an opportunity for students to tell us about themselves, their tastes, and their ambitions.How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future?Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.If there’s a limited amount of matter in the universe, how can Olive Garden (along with other restaurants and their concepts of food infinity) offer truly unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks?Explain this using any method of analysis you wish—physics, biology, economics, history, theology… UChicago has international campus centers around the world, but we don’t have any interplanetary, interstellar, or interdimensional campuses… Propose a spot in time or space, in this or any universe, for a new UChicago campus.