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University of Chicago

Supplement Essays
1. How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a
particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some
specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago. (Required)
2. Share with us a few of your favorite books, poems, authors, films, plays, pieces of
music, musicians, performers, paintings, artists, blogs, magazines, or newspapers.
Feel free to touch on one, some, or all of the categories listed, or add a category of
your own. (Optional)

Extended Essays
1. What's so odd about odd numbers?
2. In French, there is no difference between "conscience" and "consciousness." In
Japanese, there is a word that specifically refers to the splittable wooden chopsticks
you get at restaurants. The German word fremdschmen encapsulates the feeling
you get when youre embarrassed on behalf of someone else. All of these require
explanation in order to properly communicate their meaning, and are, to varying
degrees, untranslatable. Choose a word, tell us what it means, and then explain why it
cannot (or should not) be translated from its original language.
3. Little pigs, french hens, a family of bears. Blind mice, musketeers, the Fates. Parts of
an atom, laws of thought, a guideline for composition. Omne trium perfectum? Create
your own group of threes, and describe why and how they fit together.
4. Were pH an expression of personality, what would be your pH and why? (Feel free to
respond acidly! Do not be neutral, for that is base!)
5. A neon installation by the artist Jeppe Hein in UChicagos Charles M. Harper Center
asks this question for us: Why are you here and not somewhere else? (There are
many potential values of "here," but we already know you're "here" to apply to the
University of Chicago; pick any "here" besides that one).
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.