THIS IS HARPER!! Sorry for posting randomly and then not at all. I haven’t found my college routine yet and with interviews and recruitment and more applications and the quarter system, I’m a little bit overwhelmed! It’s so exciting though and I might have a happy update for you guys on my life! That’s so vague sorry but I’ve been really happy lately because I’m loving UChicago so much.

I never realized how awkward it is to stand up and take this picture in a filled coffee shop. I did it anyway! I’m studying for my chemistry placement test, so I took out my past prep book and started from the beginning (because I forgot everything). My plan is just to make flashcards to review for the plane rides to and back from China! 

To help prospective students get an early start in the application process, we have decided to release our 2015-16 essay prompts early!

Extended Essay Prompts (2015-2016)

(Required; Choose one)


Essay Option 1.

Originally conceived by Alexandre Balthazar Laurent Grimod de La Reynière, the rôti sans pareil, or “roast without equal,” is a dish consisting of a garden warbler stuffed into a ortolan bunting stuffed into a lark stuffed into a thrush stuffed into a quail stuffed into a lapwing stuffed into a plover stuffed into a partridge stuffed into a woodcock stuffed into a teal stuffed into a guinea fowl stuffed into a duck stuffed into a chicken stuffed into a pheasant stuffed into a goose stuffed into a turkey stuffed into a bustard. Create your own variety of a food within a food within a food within a food within a food within a food within a food within a food within a food a food within a food within a food within a food within a food within a food within a food within a food, and then analyze the social and cultural implications of your cuisine.      

—Inspired by Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa

Essay Option 2.

Dame Judi Dench. Neil Armstrong. Donald Trump. Eleanor Roosevelt. Shaquille O’Neal. Charlemagne. Maya Angelou. The Beatles. L. Ron Hubbard. Helen of Troy. These are our suggestions – now it’s your turn. Which notable figure, past or present, should replace Zayn Malik in One Direction?

—Inspired by Jeremy Watkins, The X Factor Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago

Essay Option 3.

How Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren’t Real

 —Jaden Smith

Essay Option 4.

“The work of an intellectual is not to mould the political will of others; it is, through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-examine evidence and assumptions, to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking, to dissipate conventional familiarities, to re-evaluate rules and institutions and to participate in the formation of a political will (where he has his role as citizen to play).” –Michel Foucault

Explain why 1% milk is superior to 2%—or even whole—milk.

Inspired by Michel Foucault  


Essay Option 5.

The mitochondrion is the __________ of the cell.

a)       powerhouse

b)      all of the above

c)       both a and b

—Inspired by the endoplasmic reticulum, the highway of the cell


Essay Option 6.

In the spirit of adventurous inquiry, pose a question of your own. If your prompt is original and thoughtful, then you should have little trouble writing a great essay. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social critic, sage, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk, and have fun.