College Admissions Info
University of Chicago ‘18
- Test Scores
- High School Performance
- Extracurriculars & Awards
- Personal statement
- 2 supplemental essays
- 3 advice topics
Recently graduated from an Early College Entrance Program and accepted to the University of Chicago.From:
Race/Ethnicity: Black / African American
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 4 schools
Accepted At: UChicago, Howard, Case
Is English First Language: Yes
High School Performance
Academic Performance in High School: Low one semester/year
Explanation of Any Low Grades:
Extracurriculars & Awards
Extracurricular Activities: Choir, Tutoring/Mentoring
College Application Essays
Contentment is difficult. Contentment must be predictable enough not to be overly stressful, engaging enough not to be boring, defined enough to be grasped, but still elusive enough to be in contention. Contentment is not found in passivity, but in engagement. Although I have found passing contentment in drinking tea, watching a storm, or reading a favorite book, the greatest contentment I have ever experienced was in an art gallery while viewing the works of Glen Ligon. Entitled Negro Sunshine,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
Mantis Shrimp are unfortunate enough to have to live underwater. This is an incredibly biased opinion, however, because if the shrimp were asked, they would undoubtedly believe that we, as far fetched as it sounds, are the unfortunate ones, living with all of the air and dry land. If we were on speaking terms, this relatively huge divide between our cultures would be devastating. Doubtless, we would have engaged the mantis shrimp in many a war. Fortunately for all involved,...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
My goals are to live in the desert and create spacecraft, preferably while fostering children as an old woman. Efficiency dictates that I perfect my skills in all necessary areas, notably: being crotchety, applied math and science, and engineering. The University of Chicago is the ideal place for me to start. Socially, the University appears to offer an open, accepting space, full of differing views. Learning new things from and about those around me has always appealed to me. I...
Additional Essay Details:
Topic for school specific essay: The mantis shrimp can perceive both polarized light and multispectral images; they have the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom. Human eyes have color receptors for three colors (red, green, and blue); the mantis shrimp has receptors for sixteen types of color, enabling them to see a spectrum far beyond the capacity of the human brain. Seriously, how cool is the mantis shrimp: mantisshrimp.uchicago.edu What might they be able to see that...
College Admissions Advice
My advice about getting recommenders
My recommendation letters were written by my school principle, who'd taught me in class for two years, my current English teacher, and my favorite science teacher from Freshman year. The personal connection you have with your recommender is more important than how recently they taught you.
What I’d change about my application process
I wish that I'd completed my art supplement and added it to my application. By the time I had finished all of the applications I was so tired that I decided to be 'done' with the college application process, instead of completing my portfolio.
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
Research work can really help you in your college application process. If possible, do research for a topic on your own and submit it as part of your supplemental materials, or aid a professor or teacher in their research.