UChicago ‘18
B.A., History
UChicago undergrad from Mass studying history and classics.
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Hometown Dedham, Massachusetts
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Applied for a B.A. in History

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Personal Statement
664 Words
Leadership experience
We sat in a circle around the Senior Patrol Leader, Max. He was telling us about winter camping. I stared and listened, soaking up every anecdote, admonition, and piece of advice he offered us. When I joined my Boy Scout troop, I had never camped in my life, and the only things I knew how to tie were my shoes. Max and the older kids seemed to know everything. I followed their lead, desirous of their confidence and experience. After...
At 10:30 pm I hadn’t started reading the chapters of Moby-Dick due tomorrow. My roommate and I were fighting all study hall. This wasn’t your normal type of roommate fights. This one was about the theories of John Locke and John C. Calhoun applied to the secession crisis. Arguments like those are common to my life at Portsmouth Abbey. No history or English class fails to provide discussion topics for my friends and me. These arguments are heated, but...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
99 Words
Yale will allow me to continue building upon the foundation laid in high school, and provide me opportunities at the highest levels. The Yale Daily News is the best platform to further follow my love of journalism by reporting, writing, and editing. After watching Professor Freeman’s lectures on the American Revolution, I am confident that Yale’s history department will sate my desire for knowledgeabout early American political history. I hope to perform research with Yale’s voluminous holdings....
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
233 Words
When I first saw Malevich’s Black Square, I scoffed, literally. “Another attention seeking ploy by a pseudo intellectual,” I thought. It seemed overly simplistic, and indeed, it is perhaps the most basic geometric shape in black, the absence of color. Even before my experience, my opinion of modernism was not high. To me it meant, “If I make something so unintelligible that no one knows what it means, everyone will think it is really profound!” Through use and abuse...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
225 Words
Twitter asks us “What’s happening?” but doesn’t always let us answer. Twitter leads to incoherence and the spread of falsehoods. Efficiency of languages is a good thing. It makes writing both easier and more enjoyable to read. A 140-character tweet would be a good exercise in economical writing. Unfortunately, Twitter is not an exercise, but a real life means of communication. Twitter users are forced to limit their speech, and the limit often does not fit the ideas....
Supplemental Essay: Other
154 Words
I walked into Ms. Stenberg’s office, introduced myself and sat down. I began asking questions, and eventually a conversation arose. We talked about her memories from college and what brought her to Portsmouth, and a more complete picture of this new face formed in my mind. Three years later I was standing in front of about fifty people. With my fellow editors beside me, I began assigning articles, including one introducing the new admissions officer to a nervous-looking freshman...
Supplemental Essay: Other
301 Words
Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1 demonstrates the complexity, vastness, and power of language. The reader sees the noble speech of the royalty, the vulgarity of the tavern, serious conversations, jokes, and even a foreign language. Language takes on various roles, showing its power as the ultimate overarching force in the play. King Henry speaks nobly in his court and he assumes gravity. His eloquence and stateliness, however, mask empty words and political chicanery. He discusses his desire for a crusade,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
399 Words
I have always been a Catholic. I went to Mass on Sundays and to CCD once a week. From seventh grade on, I have attended a Catholic school. My initial reaction to Catholicism was one of overwhelming acceptance. I wanted to give thanks to my Creator and my Redeemer. I wanted to go to Heaven, and so I tried my best to follow my immature version of morality. I had little to no knowledge of other religions or any philosophy....
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
500 Words
I realized it during my freshman year. I had always read a lot, and I never thought school was that bad. I would always ask my older siblings about their classes. I never really thought about it until I was staring at the course registration website deciding which classes to take. I desperately wanted to take French, a third language, but there was no way to make it fit into my schedule. That’s when I first understood that I...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
736 Words
Humans are really good at learning. As long as we have been around we have been learning from our surroundings, learning from our past, and learning from each other. Because we are so good at learning, and do it so much, we rely heavily on teachers. We rely on them so heavily that they become a part of us. They shape the way we think and expose us to ideas. We look up to them and follow their example. I...

School Specific Advice

How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus
47 Words
Hyde Park is a very nice neighborhood, but it's not terribly exciting. It feels...
How important school spirit is around athletics at my school
50 Words
There is really no pride in UChicago's athletics teams. The reputation that UChicago is very...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
66 Words
The University of Chicago works hard to cultivate its reputation as quirky and intellectually rigorous. In my experience, unless you...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
284 Words
The city of Chicago is great. There are a million things to do, between restaurants, museums, parks, concerts, neighborhoods to explore, etc. The problem is that Hyde Park, the neighborhood immediately surrounding the University is not very exciting, and the more exciting parts of the city are not easily accessible by public transit. Unless you want to Uber, it's typically about 40 min or more to get downtown. The culture of the school is a bit of a mixed bag. I came here in large part...
What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
111 Words
The housing system at UChicago is interesting. Depending on your house, your social experience for your first year, and likely for all of college, will vary widely. I did not put much thought...
The academic rigor of a typical course load or in my major
87 Words
History classes tend to assign a lot of reading. A quarter with three of four history classes can be overwhelming, and it will be essentially impossible...
My plans for a typical weekend
55 Words
First year, weekend social life largely revolves around frat parties. Second year and beyond, as more students...
The stress level and competitiveness of a typical student at my school
164 Words
UChicago academics can definitely be intense. I think nearly everyone who goes here feels overwhelmed by their school work at least once. Of course, finals week is especially grueling. That being said, it is definitely possible to organize your schedule so that your schedule is more manageable. However, I...

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General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
80 Words
During high school, it doesn't really matter what you do, as long as you do something. Obviously a prestigious internship will look great, but...
What I learned transitioning from high school to college
97 Words
I think difference between college and high school for me was the lack of mandatory activities. This can be a blessing and a curse. My high school was a...
My advice about getting recommenders
143 Words
I think a strong recommendation will speak to you as a multidimensional person, not just a set of test scores or essays that you submitted for that class. The best way to make that happen, is to build close relationships with the teachers...

High School Performance

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Academic Performance in High School Low at first but improved
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Converted SAT Score1540
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