Also, don’t worry about the ‘correct’ way to interpret a question.
If there exists a correct way to interpret the prompt I chose, it certainly was not my answer.” In the spirit of adventurous inquiry (and with the encouragement of one of our current students! Don’t tell us about another world you’ve imagined, heard about, or created. Sure, some people think of the University of Chicago as a portal to their future, but please choose another portal to write about.
Seriously, how cool is the mantis shrimp: mantisshrimp.What might they be able to see that we cannot? The ball is in your court—a penny for your thoughts, but say it, don’t spray it.
So long as you don’t bite off more than you can chew, beat around the bush, or cut corners, writing this essay should be a piece of cake. History and art are full of heroes and their enemies.
They can be approached with utter seriousness, complete fancy, or something in between.
Each year we email newly admitted and current College students and ask them for essay topics.
Strings, however, always have explained or enriched our lives, from Theseus’s escape route from the Labyrinth, to kittens playing with balls of yarn, to the single hair that held the sword above Damocles, to the Old Norse tradition that one’s life is a thread woven into a tapestry of fate, to the beautiful sounds of the finely tuned string of a violin, to the children’s game of cat’s cradle, to the concept of stringing someone along.
Use the power of string to explain the biggest or the smallest phenomenon.
If there’s a limited amount of matter in the universe, how can Olive Garden (along with other restaurants and their concepts of food infinity) offer truly unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks?
Explain this using any method of analysis you wish—physics, biology, economics, history, theology… UChicago has international campus centers around the world, but we don’t have any interplanetary, interstellar, or interdimensional campuses… Propose a spot in time or space, in this or any universe, for a new UChicago campus.