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31

Jul

Anonymous said: (different anon than the original one) Did any of you English majors get publishing internships, or do you know anyone who has done that? What was it like?

Ashley here. I’m in the publishing world currently.

First off: if you really want to be in publishing, you have to go to New York. There’s no two ways about it. Believe me, I’ve been hitting my head against this wall for 4 years now.

That being said, the midwest has a decent amount of educational publishers and small presses who do specialized work. (And there’s always UChicago Press to try, too)

I did three publishing internships as an undergrad: one at an educational publisher and one at a small trade publisher the summer after my third year, and one at my current job in educational publishing (different house) the summer after my fourth year which turned into my current job.

Working in publishing is really cool! There’s lots of interesting people to work with, free books, author events, and the feel-goodness of contributing to an industry that helps people learn and grow.

But too often people think that publishing = editorial and that’s so not true. Editorial jobs are hard to come by and the pay is shit. Definitely try to broaden your expectations. Publishers also need: graphic design, web design, ecommerce, rights and permissions, publicity, marketing, information technology, and data analysis (which is what I do.)

I got started using resources like this below. I hope this is helpful to you!

ed2010

Chicago Publishers Resource Center

Chicago Women in Publishing

BookJobs

Anonymous said: Did any of the admins major in English? What career opportunities arose from that? Also what internships did they do?

That suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuper depends on what you want to do. 

Many of the mods (myself included) were English majors, and we all have had vastly different experiences. Do you want to go into journalism? Publishing? Entertainment? Be a writer? Teach? Go to law school? 

uchicagomag:

From the Magazine archives—
In honor of author J.K. Rowling’s 49th birthday:

Harry Potter and the Ivory Tower

Potter scholar John Granger, AB’83, puts Rowling’s series on a shelf with Bram Stoker, Geoffrey Chaucer, Jane Austen, and other Great Books authors.

“Harry Potter didn’t just drop out of the sky,” Granger says. “People may be uncomfortable using the tools we use on William Shakespeare and Dante Alighieri on Joanne Rowling, but she’s writing in a tradition that goes back to the Middle Ages and stretches all the way up from Samuel Taylor Coleridge through C.S. Lewis.”

___

Illustrations by Rik Olson

John Granger is the shit. I’m still honored and humbled that he read my BA on war and oppression themes in Potter series.

-Ashley

30

Jul

Anonymous said: Hi! I'm an incoming first year and I'm interested in doing physics research. There's a really good page on the physics department's site about how to get involved in research but it didn't give a time frame. When do you recommend I start making a list of professors doing interesting work/talking with people/asking professors to take me on

as soon as possible, honestly

Anonymous said: I am an incoming first year and just read that blog post. This is what frustrates me. When I was deciding whether or not to come to UChicago I asked everyone: fyuchicago, current students, anyone I could find if it really was a place as dark and where "fun goes to die" as I've heard. But all I've gotten, especially from this blog, is obnoxious sarcasm. Now I am terrified reading posts like that one because I feel I've made a mistake deciding on this school.

fyuchicago:

fyuchicago:

I think a lot of students tend to be witty, sarcastic, and a little self-deprecating. You can let someone else’s personal experience sway you from what you want. You’ve gotta make your own choices.

Also? You’re an incoming first year. You haven’t even been to school yet! I’d reserve judgement once you’ve spent a quarter on campus. Decide for yourself how you feel about UChicago.

Anon:

This is exactly the reason there was a long disclaimer of sorts attached to the post. That’s one student’s perspective. I personally think it’s irresponsible (and probably disrespectful to yourself and the institution) to allow the part to describe the whole.

In addition, and because that disclaimer was long enough already, you need to realize that the class of 2011 and 2012 were at the tail end of a sea change at UChicago. I go back to campus with relative frequency and, yeah, I’m not doing homework or attending classes when I visit, but even I can tell that the quality of student life has improved in 3 short years (with overall student happiness, on average and as an estimate, improving commensurately). 

So, again, to everyone just tuning in: that blog post is one perspectiveand something that is, in fact, unofficial and real (as opposed to the researched and well-marketed materials the Admissions Office sends out). 

Zach

Sorry to harp on this but here’s my opinion:

  • Googling "where fun comes to die" (quotations give you exact matches for that text string) gives you 86,500 results. I’m sure among those you’ll find the answer to your question.
  • A fyuchicago.tumblr.com site specific search gives you 36 results. We’ve answered this numerous times, and we have multiple tags in our FAQ relating to social life and extracirriculars.
  • I’m also c/o 2011. Since I decided to go to UChicago my senior year of highschool (8 years ago!!!), I’ve been asked by my parents, friends, friends’ parents, prospies, prospies’ parents, first years, first years’ parents, employers, coworkers, love interests, and plenty of random people if UChicago is “really where fun goes to die.” All of us mods have probably been asked this question hundreds of times personally over the span of 2 to 8 years, if not more.
  • Zach mentioned the changes the school is taking to make the social experience better than when we first started. Things are really changing for the better, but you also have to take into account the author’s experience with mental illness (anxiety) and other personal factors that may have made her feel negatively towards her experience. UChicago definitely attracts people who are predisposed towards high anxiety and depression, but you can’t conflate her personal experience with every person’s personal experience. Even folks with different degrees of anxiety and depression will experience UChicago differently from one another. Think critically.
  • The mods are all very enthusiastic about UChicago but we’ve all had negative experiences at the school (and in life in general, everyone does). Just because we don’t highlight our negative experiences, it doesn’t mean the negative aspects of the school don’t exist.
  • You are anon, it’s hard to ascribe humanity and respond in a non-snarky way to a grey face wearing sunglasses who we can’t contact in any way after posting a gif and moving on to a question that hasn’t been answered hundreds of times.

—Nina

Anonymous said: How possible is it to get a job in admissions your first quarter? What steps did you guys have to take to start working there?

whether-which:

fyuchicago:

1) No, it’s not. 

2). http://fyuchicago.tumblr.com/post/83930183481/how-does-one-go-about-working-in-admissions-id-really

The application to become a tour guide begins in Winter Quarter. Applications for other admissions jobs aren’t until May. If you don’t volunteer for admissions or do PSAC, it’s a bit more difficult to get a job at admissions.

Anonymous said: Advice for non-native-speaker anon: Watch TV - that might sound counterproductive, but you'll need it to pick up on the details that make you sound more natural. For the essay-writing month(s), basically forego your native language: only read stuff in English - especially creative writing! Keep books by your favorite authors nearby, read blogs, read Tumblrs. Write down expressions that sound cool to you, watch how the phrase turns and understand what sounds good and why. Good luck!

Thanks for the input!

Anonymous said: In your opinion, is it a good idea to apply early action?

Yes because it’s non-binding and if you’re heart-set on getting in, why not save yourself months of anxiety? In my opinion, it made the last six months of high school actually tolerable. I already knew where I was going to college.

-Ashley

Anonymous said: How possible is it to get a job in admissions your first quarter? What steps did you guys have to take to start working there?

1) No, it’s not. 

2). http://fyuchicago.tumblr.com/post/83930183481/how-does-one-go-about-working-in-admissions-id-really

Anonymous said: Do you have advices for my essay if English is not my mother language ?

Revise, revise, revise. Print things out and read them out loud. Give your essay to someone who’s native tongue is in English (or whose English you know is very strong) and don’t add an extra space after punctuation marks.

Anonymous said: I know you said it was crazy to consider Uchicago as a transfer but what if i am starting in a community college ?

It’s not crazy to consider uChicago as a transfer student. I was a transfer student.

It’s just not advisable to begin a 4-year college experience with the idea of transferring in mind because it doesn’t allow you to seek any comforts, any adventures, any kind of home/life balance in this new place.

At a community college, many students begin seeking the ability to transfer after 2 years to a 4 year institution. It is likely your entire curriculum is built around making you a strong transfer candidate.

Unfortunately, UChicago has pretty strict restrictions on the classes they accept for transfer students. 

  • [A course] taken at an institution that does not grant bachelor’s degrees or is unaccredited;
  • The College does not grant transfer credit for: 
    Professional or technical courses (e.g., journalism, business, law, musical performance, speech, nursing) do not transfer; only courses similar to those taught in the College may transfer. (via)

I do not believe this rules out a community college transfer but it may certainly place stringent guidelines for the kinds of classes you should consider taking.

29

Jul

Anonymous said: I am an incoming first year and just read that blog post. This is what frustrates me. When I was deciding whether or not to come to UChicago I asked everyone: fyuchicago, current students, anyone I could find if it really was a place as dark and where "fun goes to die" as I've heard. But all I've gotten, especially from this blog, is obnoxious sarcasm. Now I am terrified reading posts like that one because I feel I've made a mistake deciding on this school.

fyuchicago:

I think a lot of students tend to be witty, sarcastic, and a little self-deprecating. You can let someone else’s personal experience sway you from what you want. You’ve gotta make your own choices.

Also? You’re an incoming first year. You haven’t even been to school yet! I’d reserve judgement once you’ve spent a quarter on campus. Decide for yourself how you feel about UChicago.

Anon:

This is exactly the reason there was a long disclaimer of sorts attached to the post. That’s onestudent’s perspective. I personally think it’s irresponsible (and probably disrespectful to yourself and the institution) to allow the part to describe the whole.

In addition, and because that disclaimer was long enough already, you need to realize that the class of 2011 and 2012 were at the tail end of a sea change at UChicago. I go back to campus with relative frequency and, yeah, I’m not doing homework or attending classes when I visit, but even I can tell that the quality of student life has improved in 3 short years (with overall student happiness, on average and as an estimate, improving commensurately). 

So, again, to everyone just tuning in: that blog post is one perspectiveand something that is, in fact, unofficial and real (as opposed to the researched and well-marketed materials the Admissions Office sends out). 

Zach

Anonymous said: I am an incoming first year and just read that blog post. This is what frustrates me. When I was deciding whether or not to come to UChicago I asked everyone: fyuchicago, current students, anyone I could find if it really was a place as dark and where "fun goes to die" as I've heard. But all I've gotten, especially from this blog, is obnoxious sarcasm. Now I am terrified reading posts like that one because I feel I've made a mistake deciding on this school.

I think a lot of students tend to be witty, sarcastic, and a little self-deprecating. You can’t let someone else’s personal experience sway you from what you want. You’ve gotta make your own choices.

Also? You’re an incoming first year. You haven’t even been to school yet! I’d reserve judgement once you’ve spent a quarter on campus. Decide for yourself how you feel about UChicago.

What a Maroon.

For a long time, I felt terror at the idea of expressing any shred of dissatisfaction with UChicago. I had worked my ass off to get in (f*ck you, AP Chemistry). It cost a fortune; it was my big, expensive decision. I needed to defend my choice of schools: my special, fancy-pants school in the North. And the bus ride back to campus from Midway airport, through some of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago, underscored what an absurd privilege it was to be there in the first place. To have any complaint whatsoever seemed heretical, disgustingly entitled: like sending a lobster tail back to the kitchen at a five-star restaurant because it had a spot on it. And I realize that this entire post may come off that way: the complaints of a girl who can’t see just how good she has it.

Hello FYUC readers, Zach here.

I rarely make direct posts these days (instead preferring to give the snarkiest replies to your questions [yes they’re usually me]), but I’m bringing you something very different to the usual content you see here. 

This is a blog entry from a friend and fellow c/o 2011-er of mine, Anna, about her initial impressions, actual experiences and at-present meditations on her education and experiences while at UChicago. 

Let me say that again: her unique and individual experienceswritten through the dual lenses of personal opinion and nostalgia.

Nevertheless, many mods identify with her piece and we had a small-yet-important philosophical debate on the intention of this blog, FYUChicago—just how unofficial should we be; do we take “fuck yeah” to mean unbridled enthusiasm (and only enthusiasm)?

In short: how much truth and variation of experience do we owe aspiring applicants and admitted students? How much of that do we owe to ourselves and other alumni?

In shorter: does tough love have a place here? And what’s the limit on that?

I do invite (and encourage!) everyone to approach the blog entry seriously, candidly, and with a grain of salt (in keeping with what I mentioned above). Please. 

I expect a lot of comments and questions from here on out, and as moderators we will always do our best to be as honest and forthcoming with you as we believe the question merits and permits. 

Best (and on behalf of the FYUC moderators),
Zach (klipspringers)

Anonymous said: Is there a to-go box option in the dining halls? Like if you want to take food out of the hall because you didn't have time to eat or want to save some for later? Thank you!

Nope. Sadly, that is one of the many limitations imposed by the unlimited buffet style of cafeteria. You (technically) have to eat everything there. 

Though, when I was in housing, it wasn’t rare to see people carrying things out in containers now and again… But, shhhhh, you didn’t hear it from me.