B.A., English
I got into UChicago by presenting myself as an archetypal UChicago student. I graduated as an English major and with a joint master's in Humanities. I now work in tech.
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Hometown Hamilton, Ohio
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionEarly Action
Class of2018
First Gen College StudentYes
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Ohio University (Athens, OH)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Applied for a B.A. in English

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

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Each year my family and I visit the Festival of Lights, a Christmas-time zoo event featuring over two-million holiday lights and festive decorations. During the most recent trip, while we were walking through the park, eyeing the lights glistening in time to holiday music on snow covered trees, my Aunt Linda suddenly turned to me. With an honest-looking smile she said, “You’re finally a butterfly.” I stopped in my tracks, incredibly confused and stunned. Then her words clicked. My...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
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Since the dawn of my days three questions have incessantly plagued the lives of those around me: “Why,” “How,” and “Could you explain that in terms of emotional, psychological, and any other relevant factors so that I can break down the logic behind it completely?” I’m sure that if Tibetan monks listen closely they can hear the exasperated sighs of my parents from all the way in rural Ohio when I’ve “analyzed things too far” and it’s...
Supplemental Essay Strong beliefs/principles
408 Words
I like people. I like what they do, how they act, all of the things they feel. People drive me up the wall still, for sure, but I have an interesting level of appreciation for even that aspect of them too. I like success stories and raw emotion. And I really appreciate the image of that in media more than anything. I'm an eighteen year-old boy who has a super strong liking to what many people would call "chick flicks."...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
682 Words
“Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen-hundred and ninety-two.” The infamous rhyme is nearly all that average elementary-schoolers receive in their lesson on Columbus Day. There’s the man, the three ships, and the date: October 12, 1492. Having a birthday that happened to fall on a 12th of October, growing up and learning about “the big C.C.,” Christopher Columbus, felt special to me. I would imagine myself on the voyage, riding in the crow’s nest, spotting that first stretch...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
249 Words
I seek an education that highlights my different interests, that allows me to explore many subjects and gain a professional edge. You know, like any student would. But unlike some I crave for that education at Boston University. I want live the life of a Bostonian. I want to experience a city that offers so much substance and life and knowledge. I want an educational institution that has incredible status with successful alumni, and through that has proven to have...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
287 Words
Ohio University Journalism question. Journalism has been consistent in my life. From waking up to TODAY every morning as a kid to listening to NPR in the car on my way to high school, it’s always been there. Yet it’s slowly been changing in that time. The social media revolution has, clearly, also been a revolution of journalism. Truth is more easily accessible. Public opinion is more readily available. The influence of journalists is expanding as the profession...
Supplemental Essay Scholarship application
760 Words
Media is my everything. I sustain myself not on food but on radio waves, remote clicks, and wi-fi signals. My career goal is one that allows me to feed the masses the same dish (satellite, if appropriate) that keeps me going. I want to be a writer, the grassroots builder of the media business. In order to do this I plan to primarily major in English at the University of Chicago with either a double major and/or minor(s)...
Supplemental Essay Scholarship application
690 Words
Higher education has always been written in the stars for me. Since I was little I’ve loved learning and I’ve loved going to school. The whole “We’ll give you $10 per A on your report card” trick by my parents died fast when I was young because they realized I was amassing a little too much dough. And even though the money stopped, the straight A’s never have. It’s always been about the learning for me....
Supplemental Essay Scholarship application
362 Words
In my younger and more vulnerable teenage years, I was definitely akin to a caterpillar stuck in its pupal state. I was always a hard working student but lacked many friends and any confidence to make them. I remember, in middle school, shying away from a teacher’s encouragement to join the competitive writing team, surrendering to fear at the sign-up desk for choir. I was absolutely passive, in constant analysis of people around me but never attempting to develop...

General Admissions Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
48 Words
Strange; Dedicated; Stereotypical (of each Field of personality they represent -- I could die...
What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
122 Words
It might not be exactly what you think. UChicago seems like this haven for liberal education, and in many ways it is. We have "The Core," the big thing everybody seems to want to come here for ...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Internships. Always. I don't know about throughout high school, I did nothing, as I lived in a small...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
94 Words
Just go for it with the "I love the life of the mind I am such a well-rounded student and I want to learn about everything." That's what...
Why I declined other schools
55 Words
Surprisingly, UChicago gave me the best financial aid. The tuition is $67k and at other schools it...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
86 Words
I had to take out Federal loans as a part of my financial aid for college -- which is okay, because they're not commercial loans. But...
Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
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There are are a few student groups (RSO's) that receive large amounts of funding each year....
What I’d change about my application process
42 Words
Apply to more scholarships. My application process was very dedicated to applications and...
Post-college plans
98 Words
I plan to utilize UChicago's Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media to secure enough internships in media to go into publishing or non-profit arts and media work. I am...
Why I ultimately chose my school
45 Words
Hopeful about the notoriety for getting a job. Because it's "the life of the...

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ActivitiesSchool Theater/Plays, Diversity Committee / Minority Initiative, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Prom Committee, School Choir, Science Club/Team, Academic Decathlon, Book Buddies

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