04

May

The Redline has been operable for months.

30

Dec

I got accepted EA and didn’t write the favorite things essay

To the anon who was deferred and didn’t write the favorite things essay:

I only listed a handful of things (no explanations or either, just a simple list) and was accepted EA. :-)

15

Dec

Sorority Life—Ashley’s Response

Ashley, I found your response regarding sororities to be pretty ignorant. Greek life is a community, just like the dance community, house communities etc on campus (and as a member of all of them, I can attest that each are strong and unique in their own ways). Especially at a school like UChicago, sorority life can’t be reduced to merely girls wearing nice clothes and talking about “sisterhood” in this superficial manner that you portray us to do. My friend’s response to your post says it best: http://emmbish.tumblr.com/post/70051709290/whats-your-opinion-on-the-sororities-on-campus

Please consider the things she says when you’re advising a prospective student body on a significant (about 17% of campus now) portion of campus. If they want to  find a community in Greek Life, they shouldn’t feel ashamed about it or be stereotyped because of it. Of all schools, UChicago is beyond that. 

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12

Aug

Eager Grad student!

I am going to be in a 1 year MA at Uchicago and cannot wait even though I am nervous since I went to a small State school for undergrad but I cannot wait to prove myself. Plus I am studying something I love. However it is not a hard science so I hope to find some social science folk like myself to bond with. I love the hard sciences but I’ve always been more drawn to the social ones (History, sociology, poli-sci, etc.)

22

Jul

"Hi, I had questions about laptops. I’m in incoming freshman, My parents want to buy me a new one through Uchicago because they think Uchicago has a program where we can buy them through the school so that they’re completely covered under warranty or something. I know you can buy through Apple and get an education discount but is there any other electronic/laptop program here? Thanks so much." - Anon

I really have no idea on this one! FYUC readers, can you help? This also might be a good question for UChicagoAdmissions.

-Ashley

06

Dec

Handbag Vs. Bookbag

Why not both?

I know it’s kind of a faux pas to use your handbag for school stuff, but I’m a woman of streamlining and I can’t be bothered to carry separate bags. Get a decent tote or messenger style purse with lots of zippers and pockets. Make sure it’s big enough for a laptop/tablet, and that the straps can comfortably support the weight. Then just get down to essentials. A notebook, pen, pencil, charger, wallet, phone, keys, ID, compact, lipbalm, DONE.

Nothing says first year like a Jansport, so please for the love of God and fashion, don’t do it.

-A

19

Nov

anonymous question:

Hey (j’adore FYUC, btw)! I applied last year and made the waiting list, and now I want to reapply (had a gap year). Do I have a better chance this year, d’yathink?

oh heck yes. applying twice and showing a fervor, almost stubbornness, for the school is definitely what helped me get in, honestly. they want passionate students!

29

Jun

(Pikachu outside the UChicago Law School.)

UChicago: Ash Ketchum approved.

(Pikachu outside the UChicago Law School.)

UChicago: Ash Ketchum approved.

26

May

Hello! I don’t know if this has been shared before, but I found it amusing. From David Foster Wallace’s The Broom of the System:

"John, the oldest, hadn’t gone to college as such, he had a Ph.D. from U. Chicago, he had in junior high proved certainly hitherto unprovable things, with a crayon from Lenore’s own crayon box, on a Batman writing tablet, and had shocked hell out of everyone,and had gotten a Ph.D. a few years later without really going to any classes.

This was the one who was now not well.”

I know at least one person who will enjoy this.

08

May

bjscav:

The Captains Crunch of BJ
Scav Hunt 2010 Captain’s costumes

bjscav:

The Captains Crunch of BJ

Scav Hunt 2010 Captain’s costumes

02

May

Print out one of these bad boys, glue it over the logo on a reusable Starbucks cup, seal with clear packing tape. BOOM! Would you like a phoenix with your low-fat, no whip, grande latte?
FYUC

Print out one of these bad boys, glue it over the logo on a reusable Starbucks cup, seal with clear packing tape. BOOM! Would you like a phoenix with your low-fat, no whip, grande latte?

FYUC

14

Mar

re: out-of-staters and UChicago

I came to UChicago from Virginia. The thing to remember is that everyone is a noob at first; having O-Week to get your feet under you really helps. It gives you the chance to meet people, familiarize yourself with the campus, and start exploring the city. People in my house (Salisbury for life!) came from all over the country and I can’t think of one of them who didn’t fit in.  PS - As for the winters, acquaint thyself with a sturdy down coat and good boots.  You’ll be fine.

15

Dec

no need for 2000

hey, i’ve been seeing all these questions about kids worried about their SAT scores and i just want to say i got in with a 1900. i wanted to add to what you’re saying. scores aren’t everything. i just like to think it’s the intangible that i got through to the admissions officers through the application process, including the essay.

anyways. good luck! and quit worrying too much about scores!

16

Nov

04

Oct

Inclusiveness and Real Talk about Financial Aid

Just wanted to pop over to say that last year the admissions office started MSAC, the Multi-Cultural Students Advisory Committee, which is essentially a sort-of PSAC for prospective students of color, kids from high-needs families and first generation college students. So in addition to opening our campus to women and people of color since we opened our doors, the university is still committed to brining qualified students from all backgrounds to our campus, and is putting extra effort into doing so. I’m on MSAC and it’s frustrating talking to students who think that the University is elitist and inclusive. All universities have their own campus culture and language, ours happens to be an academically rigorous one, with a tight-knit community who leans to the side of irony and self-deprecation. I can see how this could be perceived as elitist, exclusive and pretentious, especially to people who have not actually, you know, attended the school, but it’s not. And, let’s be frank. If you’re going to an Ivy or any Top 10 school, one of the reasons you are going is the name of the school. They have cachet. That the name of the school on your diploma means more than the diploma itself is pretentious, but UChicago and our peer institutions are equally guilty of this. (And here is where the proud U of C student could snidely mention that some of us have earned our academic reputation while others is simply a product of age. But that would be rude. And pretentious.) So in short, people who don’t know anything about the school, talk shit about the school, kids who would do great here hear it and decide not to go. This is why everyone knows “where fun comes to die,” but don’t know that SNL has deep roots here. The questions I hate dealing with most are the ones that are products of simple misinformation about our University, from times that or long passes, or issues, like being too exclusive, that do not exist.

 

 

I wasn’t going to address the relation of exclusiveness to finical cost, because that actually makes zero sense and it’s making me more upset the more I think about it. One of the reasons that I’m here is that of the comparable elite schools I applied too, UChicago was the only that offered me enough money so that going here wouldn’t bankrupt my mother or myself. Since I’ve been born, my mom and I have slowly been working up the ranks of the middle class, and part of that is because she only had me to support and I was not as expensive a child as I could have been. But the UofC’s full expense is somewhere between 40-60% of my Mom’s yearly income after taxes, before household/life expenses. Shit is expensive. A lot of our conversations about college dealt with money and the realities of paying for school. My mom allowed me like 5 min of joy after every admission letter, but then would say “just because you got in, doesn’t mean you can go.” So having  the only school that gave me a finical aid package that didn’t make coming here a pipe dream deemed non-inclusive because someone else couldn’t afford to go is insulting and elitist, in and of itself. “If you can afford to go, you must be pretentious too.” Over half the student body is on some form of aid, none of us can afford to go here. The University has made an effort to be inclusive to middle and low income families. If they only wanted people who could afford to go here, they wouldn’t have need-blind admissions or offer any financial aid at all. They consider the cost of attending an investment in your future, but they aren’t trying to bankrupt anyone. Not everyone gets the money they want or need, and that sucks and the student loan industry is horrific, but that isn’t a reflection on the school’s policies on inclusiveness.  What is also insulting  is that in tying exclusiveness to economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, religion, which have all been used to deny admission to institutions of higher learning, are erased. That is being exclusive. I said it earlier, but I am immensely proud to attend a university that, while not having a perfect record, does not need to skate over years of extreme discrimination in its admissions and conduct.

 

I’m sorry that the anon wasn’t offered a package that allowed them to attend, but that has nothing to do with elitism, only bad luck and limited funds. But as I try not to shit talk schools that I don’t go to and frankly know nothing about, it would be great if other people wouldn’t present a picture of UChicago that isn’t informed by any real experience with the school.

 

Also, Join MSAC!