1. How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Your response should address with some particularity your own wishes and how they relate to Chicago; 2. Tell us about a few of your favorite books, poems, authors, films, plays, music, paintings, artists, magazines, or newspapers. Feel free to touch on one, some, or all of the categories listed or add a category of your own.
1. Although I have a very vague understanding of the University of Chicago, from what I know, I believe it truly satiates all my learning desires. My wishes and anticipations for higher education are mirrored in even the most obvious aspects of Chicago. I am an uncommon kid. Nothing would do me more disservice than to wake up one day and find out that I was normal. Your “Un-Common Application” struck a chord of harmony with me, and ever since I was hooked. Furthermore, it is no joke to say that I get more e-mails from teachers than from my friends. This is not because I am socially inept, but because the several extracurricular leadership and service activities I am involved in necessitate heavy teacher-student communication. Naturally, I have grown quite fond of my teachers, and consider them to be my friends before my educators. In my opinion, it is essential to have a strong rapport between faculty and student for success. Your listed 2.3 student to faculty ratio must be conducive to this liking. Moreover, as I have read, your biological and political science programs are among the best in the nation. While my vocational goals are currently volatile, I find myself leaning toward one of these two domains. For all of these reasons which seem quite obvious to me, the University of Chicago seems ideal for my self-fulfillment.2. I am not a passionately avid reader, but there are several books that I love to examine over and over again. Albert Camus’ L’Etranger, or The Stranger is one of my absolute favorites. I assure you I am far from existentialist, but the beautiful subtlety with which this book is written excites me. I enjoy television a little too much, and I am an admirer of all shows and sitcoms (although I still don’t quite understand Seinfeld), but especially: Dharma and Greg, Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends, and Frasier. The one movie that I truly enjoy above any other must be The Sixth Sense. The richness and quality of this film permeates every single aspect of its production. In general, I like just about anything in the arts (even pseudo-arts, as in several current pop artists); however, I believe there are few true works of art, and it is to these that I assign my artistic reverence.