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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