How to write the UChicago essays

Recorded Wednesday, September 1 at 09:00 PM

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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

UChicago’s college application is notorious for its unique essay prompts. For gifted writers, they’re a chance to demonstrate their skills in a virtual playground of sorts, but if you’re not jumping for joy after reading through the prompts, this stream is for you. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and forget just how great of an opportunity these prompts are to let your inner writing expert shine - but don’t fear; in this stream, Robert will give you some tips and tricks to get your essays to the next level.

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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
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Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Major: Ethics, Politics & Economics; Classics (Intensive)

Work Experience: As a recent graduate of Yale University, I am excited to begin my first year with CollegeVine! In many ways, CV was a natural fit for me -- at Yale, I worked for over two years in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, beginning as a Senior Interviewer in the summer of 2019, during which I interviewed over 200 first-year applicants for the 2019-2020 college admissions cycle. After the summer ended, I became Lead Recruitment Coordinator, a full-time position responsible for executing and overseeing Yale’s numerous post-admissions decision yield initiatives, as well as serving as a spokesman for the university both in person and online. Over the past two years, I have had the privilege of interacting with hundreds of students and their families at all stages of the college application process.

My Admissions Story: Having always been interested in studying a variety of subjects within the Humanities and Social Sciences, I applied to a smattering of liberal arts colleges and universities (mostly on the East Coast) with strong departments in these areas, large and diverse student bodies, and varied extracurricular opportunities. When my college admissions decisions rolled in, I immediately accepted an offer from my dream school, Yale University, which I had always felt best embodied the opportunities and goals that I desired from my college experience -- and since that day, I’ve never looked back.

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6:54@Brett:Yes, now I see the presentation
60:42@snsh5713:You mentioned that you are a Classics major and my child is also applying as a Classics major. My question is unrelated to UChicago essays. Her counselor has asked her to explain a clear link between why she wants to study Classics and her end goal. Can you help with this? She wants to go into law and feels that Classics will help
63:32@snsh5713:Why did you choose to study Classics?
67:54@briannataborda:This is related to the prompt about "What's easy about pie?". I'm going into the field of mathematics and I wanted to know if you'd think that somehow relating pie to the math term pi (as in 3.14...) would be a good idea? Thank you!


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