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.

cw: rape, sexual assault, rape jokes

are you free tonight from 9pm to 10pm CST ?

do you have a twitter account ???

do you want to help me give my school shit ???

please !!!!

today at a speech for graduating students, a professor at my university (university of chicago) made a casual rape joke

 ( “You’ve been able to rub elbows with some of the greatest minds in the world. And judging by the recent campus climate survey, that’s not the only thing you’ve been rubbing up against.” he was referencing a climate survey regarding sexual assault/misconduct that was recently conducted)

we !!! are !!! sick !!! of our rights on campus being ignored !

survivors have never been made to feel any sort of welcome on campus !!!

 this man thought it was Totally Acceptable to take a day that was supposed to be about celebrating the accomplishments of those present - and particularly, for survivors who very often have their assaults covered up and their assailants not being punished at all !!!! , graduating is such ! an accomplishment !!!! - 

and instead he felt like he had the right to make students feel unsafe, to trivialize and ridicule the experiences of survivors of/victims of/people who have experienced sexual assault !

so tonight !!! at 9pm CST  we’re going on a twitter tirade reaming the university for not being there for students !

please employ the following hashtags:

#liabilityofthemind *

feel free to directly @UChicago and @UChicagonews 

you can message me with questions !

[* liability of the mind is in reference to the university’s slogan-y, advertising about the “life of the mind” that students experience on this campus - it is a rallying point for many activists here, and it’s meant to point out that “life of the mind” is for students privileged enough to experience it, and if you’re a marginalized student, you’re just a liability]

During the winter, studying in Mansueto is like studying in an ice palace; except you don’t need a jacket, and you can grab a latte from ExLibris. 

Whether that takes you to Elsa’s castle, or that of the White Witch is totally up to you!

The cold never bothered us, anyway. 

anonymous asked:

Hi! Do you know anything about Misha's college experience? I know he went to UChicago for social theory, and created GISHWHES based on UofC's famed Scav Hunt, but beyond that I don't believe he has spoken much about it. Do you know if he has talked more about it?

(If you’re not from the U.S., college = university!)

I actually know of two rather crappy pictures of Misha when he was college-aged, both published in newspapers. This one from 1995, when he was 20   ..

And another, that I can’t find right now, that accompanied the article he wrote about being a White House Intern for Clinton. 

Well, first of all, he went to college with Vicki. (I’m pretty sure that they were in the same year of school.) They met in high school in Massachusetts near Misha’s home and started dating when he was 15 or 16. Chicago is about 850 miles (1370 km) from Massachusetts, in other words - not close. The terrain, the weather and the people were all quite different from what Misha was used to, having grown up in primarily in a rural part of Massachusetts. 

Misha made Vicki a bed frame with his carpentry skills, sanding it with a power sander in his dorm room. Vicki stole his car to transport sheep for the scavenger hunt. Misha participated in the annual Polar Bear Run, saying “So if you hunted around maybe somewhere there’s footage of me running around in my underwear on the coldest day on record.” 

Misha and Vicki also raised money to help inner-city kids in Chicago (He’s referred to as “Dmitri Krushnic” in this article because that’s his birth name):

“The University of Chicago is a primarily white campus,” Krushnic, 20, said at a car wash he was running to raise money for a conference he is coordinating with other college students. “But the surroundings are not. You walk about two blocks away from campus and you’re in a ghetto.” 

[…] With the help of Vicki Vantoch, a fellow University of Chicago student, Krushnic started a volunteer non-profit group, Youth for a Better America, designed to decrease youth violence and racial tensions by bringing a diverse group of young people together to discuss and work out their differences.

Krushnic and Vantoch originally tried to arrange for an annual conference in Chicago, but didn’t get the help they needed.

“I had trouble rallying any kind of activity at school,” Krushnic said. “Students there are so apathetic … it really grossed us out.”

Misha also went vegan and gained weight. Which is definitely weird. Edit: Or not. I’m not an expert in vegan diet, but Misha said that he gained weight because he went vegan. 

I’m also pretty sure that Misha tricked a guidance counselor into allowing him to get a BA in sociology (Misha says he took whatever classes he was interested in instead of the required classes) and that he and Vicki took a year off to travel the world (Vicki wrote an article about this). I don’t have sources for that right now, but I can dig it up.

Edit: I found Vicki’s article about taking a year off, via Vicki’s Vagabonds

I am not advocating indolence, but rather the chance to explore and learn through life. I finished my second year at the University of Chicago and began my year off four months ago. I sold fashion accessories in a department store for two months, went camping in the Amazon jungles of Ecuador, attended a video documentary workshop in Maine, went on a medical mission in the Dominican Republic and wrote this article.

The article doesn’t mention Misha, but it’s my best guess that he took a year off too. 

Edit 2: I found the picture of Misha! The newspaper article was scanned and posted here, picture via Meanwhile Misha

Look at his chubby cheeks!

Edit 3: Both Misha and Vicki are class of ‘97.