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24

Jul

Anonymous said: New Republic's "Don't send your kid to the Ivy League" says the elite college game crushes students' minds and souls. UChi of the recent past was a hub of intellectualism easier to get into than an Ivy. With a rapidly declining acceptance rate and robust mailing campaign to students who likely won't get in, is UChi the same? Do UChicagoans still love a challenge, or is UChi becoming more like the Ivies—full of über competitive grade grubbers? Change happens, but has UChi stuck by its principles?

UChicago is still the Island of Misfit Toys. Academic rigor, intellectual curiosity, and quirky traditions still define us.

There’s a reason this shirt exists:

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But we’re not exempt from the academic burnout that any student at a high-performing institution can experience. Students (myself included) often put that pressure on themselves.

I thought New Republic’s piece was shit, personally.

The answer is not in attending a less academically rigorous institution, but ensuring that top universities have the proper mental and physical health services needed to attend to students who exhibit higher than normal levels of anxiety, depression, insecurity, etc. Treat the problems. Don’t avoid them all together.

I’m not gonna sit here and tell you to spend a small fortune on your degree; it’s bad advice. That being said, UChicago offers many ways to finance your education so that we can keep the playing field level for deserving students of all socio-economic backgrounds. Do we still have a way to go? You betcha. But I think we’re doing a pretty fantastic job with things like the Odyssey scholarship.

TL;DR: We’re not like the regular ivies, we’re a cool ivy.

-Ashley

Anonymous said: my freshman year of college hasn't even started yet but I'm already seriously considering applying as a transfer student to UChicago for my sophomore year. does that seem ridiculous?

fyuchicago:

frankly, yes

entering a school with transferring in mind will deter you from taking advantage of a new experience. you’ll be ready to leave before you even give it a shot. you’re setting yourself up for misery.

- fwarg (a transfer)

23

Jul

uchicagomag:

Robie House’s rockstar visitor
While Jack White was hanging out on 57th Street, we hope he stopped by the Oriental Institute, too. White performs at the Chicago Theatre tonight.
Fun fact: Did you know… the University of Chicago Magazine staff’s offices used to be in Robie House?
Photo courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, flwright.org

uchicagomag:

Robie House’s rockstar visitor

While Jack White was hanging out on 57th Street, we hope he stopped by the Oriental Institute, too. White performs at the Chicago Theatre tonight.

Fun fact: Did you know… the University of Chicago Magazine staff’s offices used to be in Robie House?

Photo courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, flwright.org

uchicagoadmissions:

The Uncommon Blog rides again! This time we have a post about housing, specifically my two years living in the wonderful and historic Hitchcock House. Give it a read, and as always feel free to ask us questions or suggest post topics through our Tumblr.

uchicagoadmissions:

The Uncommon Blog rides again! This time we have a post about housing, specifically my two years living in the wonderful and historic Hitchcock House. Give it a read, and as always feel free to ask us questions or suggest post topics through our Tumblr.

stereoma:

nevillelongbotom:

NEVERMIND I FOUND THE MOST HELPFUL PICTURE IN EXISTENCE EVER

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This is pretty cool.  It shows us that Gryffindors never share a core class with Ravenclaws, while Hufflepuffs never share a core class with Slytherins. 

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Scheduling classes can be challenging, but at least first-years have O-Week Aides and upperclassmen to help! This Hogwarts schedule is a doozy…

-Ashley

(Source: lileyvans)

22

Jul

Anonymous said: When writing the application essay, is it looked down upon to use a prompt (or something similar to one) that was used in a previous year?

can’t say for certain, but it sorta speaks to a lack of creativity/originality

Update: see notes for the approval of @uchicagoadmissions !
uchicagomag:

No defeat
Paying tribute to the fledgling UChicago women’s crew team, this 1977 poster by Danette Kauffman, AM’69, riffs on the WW I Victory Girls theme.
The team, the Magazine reported, was raising money to enter competitions and had already earned “respect from other crews for its fierce determination.”

uchicagomag:

No defeat

Paying tribute to the fledgling UChicago women’s crew team, this 1977 poster by Danette Kauffman, AM’69, riffs on the WW I Victory Girls theme.

The team, the Magazine reported, was raising money to enter competitions and had already earned “respect from other crews for its fierce determination.”

21

Jul

c-aesarion:

Welcome to the first Ancient Civilizations and Languages Week on Tumblr! 
For the full page of information on this event please visit this website. 
If you are planning to participate, add this little icon to the corner of your icon to raise awareness! 
For the sake of this event an ancient civilization will be characterized as any group of humans (or culturally distinguishable human tribe/group) which existed in history or pre-history ANYWHERE on the globe from the beginning of time to the fall of the western Roman Empire in approximately 600 CE. 
This event will include not only content from the civilizations themselves, but also studies of their effect on the rest of history and their manifestations in contemporary life. For example, if you are a student of the Renaissance, and would like to post about the Classical resurgence, feel free to do so!
If you have another idea you can contact me here or here. 
S C H E D U L E : (subject to revision)
WEEK LONG: Mystery Mate Gift Exchange, Latin Pen Palls, Mini-Essay/Rant Summit.
MONDAY JULY 21ST: MYTHOLOGY AND CREATION DAYWhat can a myth of creation tell us about a specific society? societal organization? human nature? —> RE-TELLING THE MYTHOS: COMICS, POEMS, STORIES, AND OTHER EXPRESSIONS OF CREATIVITY.
TUESDAY JULY 22ND: ARCHAEOLOGY AND MATERIAL EVIDENCEHow did Geography change how people lived? How/Why/What the earth has returned the ancients to us. —> VACATION PLANNERS, TOUR GUIDES, AND ACTIVISM.
WEDNESDAY JULY 23RD: MUSEUMS AND ARTIFACTS DAY—> TOP THREE: MUSEUMS, EXHIBITS, AND THINGS YOU CAN FIND WITHIN THEM. 
THURSDAY JULY 24TH: HISTORY AND POP-CULTURE DAY How does the modern conception of ancient societies skew our perception of them? How does it make history more accessible? —> MOVIE NIGHT, CREATE-A-DREAM-CAST, AND APPRECIATE YOUR FAVORITE INCARNATIONS.
FRIDAY JULY 25TH: LANGUAGE, DIALECTS, AND ACADEMIA FOCUS—> _______ FOR BEGINNERS, POST-SECONDARY SPOTLIGHT, MINI-ESSAYS (300-1000 WORDS).
SATURDAY JULY 26TH: POETRY/MUSIC/SONG/DANCE FOCUS—> CREATE-A-PLAYLIST, TRANSLATION ACTIVITIES, POET PROFILES, TRADITIONAL ARTS. 
SUNDAY JULY 27TH: FASHION/FOOD/DAILY LIFE FOCUS—>ANCIENT FASHION SHOW/TUTORIALS, COOKING SHOWS AND RECIPES, FROM HISTORY TO FICTION: TIPS FOR WRITERS




Something to check out this week!

c-aesarion:

Welcome to the first Ancient Civilizations and Languages Week on Tumblr! 

For the full page of information on this event please visit this website

If you are planning to participate, add this little icon to the corner of your icon to raise awareness! 

For the sake of this event an ancient civilization will be characterized as any group of humans (or culturally distinguishable human tribe/group) which existed in history or pre-history ANYWHERE on the globe from the beginning of time to the fall of the western Roman Empire in approximately 600 CE. 

This event will include not only content from the civilizations themselves, but also studies of their effect on the rest of history and their manifestations in contemporary life. For example, if you are a student of the Renaissance, and would like to post about the Classical resurgence, feel free to do so!

If you have another idea you can contact me here or here

S C H E D U L E : (subject to revision)

WEEK LONG: Mystery Mate Gift Exchange, Latin Pen Palls, Mini-Essay/Rant Summit.

MONDAY JULY 21ST: MYTHOLOGY AND CREATION DAY
What can a myth of creation tell us about a specific society? societal organization? human nature? 
—> RE-TELLING THE MYTHOS: COMICS, POEMS, STORIES, AND OTHER EXPRESSIONS OF CREATIVITY.

TUESDAY JULY 22ND: ARCHAEOLOGY AND MATERIAL EVIDENCE
How did Geography change how people lived? How/Why/What the earth has returned the ancients to us.
—> VACATION PLANNERS, TOUR GUIDES, AND ACTIVISM.

WEDNESDAY JULY 23RD: MUSEUMS AND ARTIFACTS DAY
—> TOP THREE: MUSEUMS, EXHIBITS, AND THINGS YOU CAN FIND WITHIN THEM. 

THURSDAY JULY 24TH: HISTORY AND POP-CULTURE DAY 
How does the modern conception of ancient societies skew our perception of them? How does it make history more accessible?
—> MOVIE NIGHT, CREATE-A-DREAM-CAST, AND APPRECIATE YOUR FAVORITE INCARNATIONS.

FRIDAY JULY 25TH: LANGUAGE, DIALECTS, AND ACADEMIA FOCUS
—> _______ FOR BEGINNERS, POST-SECONDARY SPOTLIGHT, MINI-ESSAYS (300-1000 WORDS).

SATURDAY JULY 26TH: POETRY/MUSIC/SONG/DANCE FOCUS
—> CREATE-A-PLAYLIST, TRANSLATION ACTIVITIES, POET PROFILES, TRADITIONAL ARTS. 

SUNDAY JULY 27TH: FASHION/FOOD/DAILY LIFE FOCUS
—>ANCIENT FASHION SHOW/TUTORIALS, COOKING SHOWS AND RECIPES, FROM HISTORY TO FICTION: TIPS FOR WRITERS

Something to check out this week!

uchicagoadmissions:

Student organizations UChicago doesn’t have:
UChiClogo: Clog dancing troupe
UChiFogo: Low visibility preparedness society
UChiHogo: Barbecue competition
EweChicago: Wool gatherers society
UChicaGoat: Goat cheese making club
UChiNogo: Eggnog addict support group
UChiLogo: Future Lumberjacks of America branch
UChiBogo: Wetlands preservation society
UChiJogo: Weekly runners meetup
UChiCogo: Steampunk costumery sewing circle
For a full list of Student organizations we do have, see UChicago Blueprint.

uchicagoadmissions:

Student organizations UChicago doesn’t have:

UChiClogo: Clog dancing troupe

UChiFogo: Low visibility preparedness society

UChiHogo: Barbecue competition

EweChicago: Wool gatherers society

UChicaGoat: Goat cheese making club

UChiNogo: Eggnog addict support group

UChiLogo: Future Lumberjacks of America branch

UChiBogo: Wetlands preservation society

UChiJogo: Weekly runners meetup

UChiCogo: Steampunk costumery sewing circle

For a full list of Student organizations we do have, see UChicago Blueprint.

Anonymous said: Should I take Russian, German or Norwegian?

I’m sure if you ask anyone who’s taken one of those languages for some time, they’ll encourage you to do the same. So: I loved Russian! I really enjoyed the way it was taught and my professor for 3rd and 5th year was one of the best teachers I ever had.

I can’t speak to the other languages, but Russian at U of C is heavy on structure and practical stuff years 1 and 2 and 3+ you start doing work with Russian literature and especially film. I really enjoyed it, although it’s certainly not easy. Here’s a post where I talk more about Russian at UChi.

If anyone else has an opinion on German or Norwegian, please chime in!

- Grace F (‘12)

Anonymous said: what's the school culture like? i know UChicago takes pride in their students intellectual curiosity, but any other quirky bits of info that one can only understand after experiencing UChicago?

Literally this entire blog is dedicated to UChicago school culture. Read through our archives to find out more!

20

Jul

Anonymous said: What would any of you tell an incoming freshman who does not feel at all ready for moving/college/etc? I mean i know some other people feel this way but..

It’s gotta happen sometime. And like most things, ripping off the band aid quickly is a lot better than slowly pulling at it. Allow yourself to be nervous, but try to channel that into excitement. You’re about to be on your own! It’s a little scary but also exhilarating. You’ll be just fine.

Anonymous said: my freshman year of college hasn't even started yet but I'm already seriously considering applying as a transfer student to UChicago for my sophomore year. does that seem ridiculous?

frankly, yes

dqdbpb:

Roadmap to Immortality by Maria Konovalenko

Fascinating!

Anonymous said: Do all the dorms have full kitchens, or is it only the International House?

don’t forget about stony island. 

the rest of the kitchens are integrated into common areas, but i fondly remember my days baking and cooking all by my lonesome (and FOR my lonesome) in stony island