芝加哥大学公布2023年入学文书,看今年“奇葩”到什么程度!_to_the_you

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原标题:芝加哥大学公布2023年入学文书,看今年“奇葩”到什么程度!

芝加哥大学以“烧脑文书”著称,每年都会要求申请者解答一些“脑洞大开”的问题。

目前,芝加哥大学2022-2023Fall附加文书题目已新鲜出炉,一起来看看今年的文书题目又会“奇葩”到什么程度呢?

问题1:必填

Question 1 (Required)

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.

译文:就你现在所知,芝加哥大学如何满足你对学习氛围、社区和未来的期望?请具体说明你自己的愿望以及它们与芝加哥大学的关系。

解读:这是一篇比较典型的why school的文书,一篇应该充满关于学校的细节以及学生希望如何为学校贡献自己独特魅力的文章。

它不应该包括可以在旅游和信息会议上学习的有关芝加哥大学的通用信息。

比如大家都知道它是全美第一经济系的所在地。避开这个,写一些新的东西,而不是重复你在校园访问中提供的信息!

写好这篇文章的关键就是要向招生官展示芝大的资源是如何在最大程度上满足你对学习氛围、社区和未来的期望。 “satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future” 。

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因此,在写这篇文书的时候,不能只是单纯“夸”芝大或者自己,而是要解释为什么自己匹配芝大、具体在哪方面匹配。

比如,写“自己喜欢学科A与学科B的跨学科研究,高中期间做过类似的活动,而芝大刚好提供了这么一个独特的课程/项目/社团”,就要比单独写“芝大可以满足我的学术兴趣”生动得多。

一篇好的why school文书往往都是具体展现你与这所学校的“深厚情缘”,而不是临时拍脑袋做决定。

建议对芝大感兴趣的同学们可以利用暑期时间多浏览芝大官网,看看有没有感兴趣的项目:

https://www.uchicago.edu/

问题2:拓展性论文(必填,选择一个)

Question 2: Extended Essay (Required; Choose one)

Essay Option 1

Was it a cat I saw? Yo-no-na-ka, ho-ka-ho-ka na-no-yo (Japanese for “the world is a warm place”). Może jutro ta dama da tortu jeżom (Polish for “maybe tomorrow that lady will give a cake to the hedgehogs”). Share a palindrome in any language, and give it a backstory.

译文:Was it a cat I saw?(我看到的是一只猫吗?),Yo-no-na-ka, ho-ka-ho-ka na-no-yo(日语为“世界是一个温暖的地方”)。Może jutro ta dama da tortu jeżom(波兰语为“也许明天那位女士会给刺猬蛋糕”)。

分享任何语言的回文(指正读和反读都相同的词汇或句子),并给它一个背景故事。

Essay Option 2

What advice would a wisdom tooth have?

译文:如果智齿会说话,它会给出什么样的建议?

Essay Option 3

You are on an expedition to found a colony on Mars, when from a nearby crater, a group of Martians suddenly emerges. They seem eager to communicate, but they're the impatient kind and demand you represent the human race in one song, image, memory, proof, or other idea. What do you share with them to show that humanity is worth their time?

译文:你正在探索火星上的殖民地,突然从附近的陨石坑中出现了一群火星人。

他们似乎渴望交流,但他们没什么耐心,要求你用一首歌、一张图片、一张记忆、一张证明或其他想法来代表人类。

你会和他们分享什么来表明人类是值得他们花时间了解的?

Essay Option 4

UChicago has been affiliated with over 90 Nobel laureates. But, why should economics, physics, and peace get all the glory? You are tasked with creating a new category for the Nobel Prize. Explain what it would be, why you chose your specific category, and the criteria necessary to achieve this accomplishment.

译文:芝加哥大学有90多位诺贝尔奖得主。但是,为什么荣耀都要归于经济、物理和和平呢?

你的任务是创建一个新的诺贝尔奖类别。解释它是什么,你为什么选择这个类别,以及实现这一成就要达到什么标准。

Essay Option 5

Genghis Khan with an F1 racecar. George Washington with a SuperSoaker. Emperor Nero with a toaster. Leonardo da Vinci with a Furby. If you could give any historical figure any piece of technology, who and what would it be, and why do you think they’d work so well together?

译文:成吉思汗驾驶F1赛车。乔治华盛顿与手动气压玩具水枪。尼禄大帝拿着烤面包机。莱昂纳多·达·芬奇带着菲比精灵。

如果你能给任何一个历史人物任何一项技术,你会选哪个历史人物,会选什么技术,为什么这项技术与他/她相配?

Essay Option 6

And, as always… the classic choose your own adventure option! In the spirit of adventurous inquiry, choose one of our past prompts (or create a question of your own). Be original, creative, thought provoking. 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!

译文:接下来,是经典的冒险题目。以勇敢探究的精神,从我们过往的题目里选择一个,或者自拟一个题目,要具有原创性和创造力,引人思考。

展现你作为作家,思想家,畅想家,社会评论家,贤哲,世界公民或芝加哥大学未来成员的特质;冒冒险,祝你玩得开心!

解析:放飞自我吧!但一定要记得紧扣主题,尽可能地展示一个善于观察、总结与思考的自我!

前几年的一些经典问题

Some classic questions

Some classic questions from previous years…

Due to a series of clerical errors, there is exactly one typo (an extra letter, a removed letter, or an altered letter) in the name of every department at the University of Chicago. Oops! Describe your new intended major. Why are you interested in it and what courses or areas of focus within it might you want to explore? Potential options include Commuter Science, Bromance Languages and Literatures, Pundamentals: Issues and Texts, Ant History... a full list of unmodified majors ready for your editor’s eye is available here.

—Inspired by Josh Kaufman, AB'18

Who does Sally sell her seashells to? How much wood can a woodchuck really chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Pick a favorite tongue twister (either originally in English or translated from another language) and consider a resolution to its conundrum using the method of your choice. Math, philosophy, linguistics... it's all up to you (or your woodchuck).

—Inspired by Blessing Nnate, Class of 2024

What can actually be divided by zero?

—Inspired by Mai Vu, Class of 2024

The seven liberal arts in antiquity consisted of the Quadrivium — astronomy, mathematics, geometry, and music — and the Trivium — rhetoric, grammar, and logic. Describe your own take on the Quadrivium or the Trivium. What do you think is essential for everyone to know?

—Inspired by Peter Wang, Class of 2022

Subway maps, evolutionary trees, Lewis diagrams. Each of these schematics tells the relationships and stories of their component parts. Reimagine a map, diagram, or chart. If your work is largely or exclusively visual, please include a cartographer's key of at least 300 words to help us best understand your creation.

—Inspired by Maximilian Site, Class of 2020

"Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?" - Eleanor Roosevelt. Misattribute a famous quote and explore the implications of doing so.

—Inspired by Chris Davey, AB’13

Engineer George de Mestral got frustrated with burrs stuck to his dog’s fur and applied the same mechanic to create Velcro. Scientist Percy Lebaron Spencer found a melted chocolate bar in his magnetron lab and discovered microwave cooking. Dye-works owner Jean Baptiste Jolly found his tablecloth clean after a kerosene lamp was knocked over on it, consequently shaping the future of dry cleaning. Describe a creative or interesting solution, and then find the problem that it solves.

—Inspired by Steve Berkowitz, AB’19, and Neeharika Venuturupalli, Class of 2024

Joan of Arkansas. Queen Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Babe Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Mash up a historical figure with a new time period, environment, location, or occupation, and tell us their story.

—Inspired by Drew Donaldson, AB’16

Alice falls down the rabbit hole. Milo drives through the tollbooth. Dorothy is swept up in the tornado. Neo takes the red pill. Don’t tell us about another world you’ve imagined, heard about, or created. Rather, tell us about its portal. Sure, some people think of the University of Chicago as a portal to their future, but please choose another portal to write about.

—Inspired by Raphael Hallerman, Class of 2020

What’s so odd about odd numbers?

—Inspired by Mario Rosasco, AB’09

Vestigiality refers to genetically determined structures or attributes that have apparently lost most or all of their ancestral function, but have been retained during the process of evolution. In humans, for instance, the appendix is thought to be a vestigial structure. Describe something vestigial (real or imagined) and provide an explanation for its existence.

—Inspired by Tiffany Kim, Class of 2020

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 “fremdschämen” encapsulates the feeling you get when you’re 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.

—Inspired by Emily Driscoll, Class of 2018

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.

—Inspired by Zilin Cui, Class of 2018

The mantis shrimp can perceive both polarized light and multispectral images; they have the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom. Human eyes have color receptors for three colors (red, green, and blue); the mantis shrimp has receptors for sixteen types of color, enabling them to see a spectrum far beyond the capacity of the human brain. Seriously, how cool is the mantis shrimp: mantisshrimp.uchicago.edu What might they be able to see that we cannot? What are we missing?

—Inspired by Tess Moran, AB’16

How are apples and oranges supposed to be compared? Possible answers involve, but are not limited to, statistics, chemistry, physics, linguistics, and philosophy.

—Inspired by Florence Chan, AB’15

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. Create your own idiom, and tell us its origin—you know, the whole nine yards. PS: A picture is worth a thousand words.

—Inspired by April Bell, AB'17, and Maya Shaked, Class of 2018 (It takes two to tango.)

“A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.” –Oscar Wilde. Othello and Iago. Dorothy and the Wicked Witch. Autobots and Decepticons. History and art are full of heroes and their enemies. Tell us about the relationship between you and your arch-nemesis (either real or imagined).

—Inspired by Martin Krzywy, AB’16

Heisenberg claims that you cannot know both the position and momentum of an electron with total certainty. Choose two other concepts that cannot be known simultaneously and discuss the implications. (Do not consider yourself limited to the field of physics).

—Inspired by Doran Bennett, AB’07

Susan Sontag, AB’51, wrote that “[s]ilence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.” Write about an issue or a situation when you remained silent, and explain how silence may speak in ways that you did or did not intend. The Aesthetics of Silence, 1967.

—Anonymous Suggestion

“…I [was] eager to escape backward again, to be off to invent a past for the present.” —The Rose Rabbi by Daniel Stern

Present: pres·ent

1. Something that is offered, presented, or given as a gift.

Let’s stick with this definition. Unusual presents, accidental presents, metaphorical presents, re-gifted presents, etc.—pick any present you have ever received and invent a past for it.

—Inspired by Jennifer Qin, AB’16

So where is Waldo, really?

—Inspired by Robin Ye, AB’16

Find x.

—Inspired by Benjamin Nuzzo, an admitted student from Eton College, UK

Dog and Cat. Coffee and Tea. Great Gatsby and Catcher in the Rye. Everyone knows there are two types of people in the world. What are they?

—Inspired by an anonymous alumna, AB'06

How did you get caught? (Or not caught, as the case may be.)

—Inspired by Kelly Kennedy, AB’10

Chicago author Nelson Algren said, “A writer does well if in his whole life he can tell the story of one street.” Chicagoans, but not just Chicagoans, have always found something instructive, and pleasing, and profound in the stories of their block, of Main Street, of Highway 61, of a farm lane, of the Celestial Highway. Tell us the story of a street, path, road—real or imagined or metaphorical.

—Anonymous Suggestion

UChicago professor W. J. T. Mitchell entitled his 2005 book What Do Pictures Want? Describe a picture, and explore what it wants.

—Inspired by Anna Andel

“Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.“—Miles Davis (1926–91)

—Inspired by Jack Reeves

University of Chicago alumna and renowned author/critic Susan Sontag said, “The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions.” We all have heard serious questions, absurd questions, and seriously absurd questions, some of which cannot be answered without obliterating the very question. Destroy a question with your answer.

—Inspired by Aleksandra Ciric

“Mind that does not stick.”

—Zen Master Shoitsu (1202–80)

Superstring theory has revolutionized speculation about the physical world by suggesting that strings play a pivotal role in the universe. 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.

—Inspired by Adam Sobolweski

Have you ever walked through the aisles of a warehouse store like Costco or Sam’s Club and wondered who would buy a jar of mustard a foot and a half tall? We’ve bought it, but it didn’t stop us from wondering about other things, like absurd eating contests, impulse buys, excess, unimagined uses for mustard, storage, preservatives, notions of bigness…and dozens of other ideas both silly and serious. Write an essay somehow inspired by super-huge mustard.

—Inspired by Katherine Gold

People often think of language as a connector, something that brings people together by helping them share experiences, feelings, ideas, etc. We, however, are interested in how language sets people apart. Start with the peculiarities of your own personal language—the voice you use when speaking most intimately to yourself, the vocabulary that spills out when you’re startled, or special phrases and gestures that no one else seems to use or even understand—and tell us how your language makes you unique. You may want to think about subtle riffs or idiosyncrasies based on cadence, rhythm, rhyme, or (mis)pronunciation.

—Inspired by Kimberly Traube

In 2015, the city of Melbourne, Australia created a "tree-mail" service, in which all of the trees in the city received an email address so that residents could report any tree-related issues. As an unexpected result, people began to email their favorite trees sweet and occasionally humorous letters. Imagine this has been expanded to any object (tree or otherwise) in the world, and share with us the letter you’d send to your favorite.

-Inspired by Hannah Lu, Class of 2020

You’re on a voyage in the thirteenth century, sailing across the tempestuous seas. What if, suddenly, you fell off the edge of the Earth?

-Inspired by Chandani Latey, AB'93

The word floccinaucinihilipilification is the act or habit of describing or regarding something as unimportant or of having no value. It originated in the mid-18th century from the Latin words "floccus," "naucum," "nihilum," and "pilus"—all words meaning “of little use.” Coin your own word using parts from any language you choose, tell us its meaning, and describe the plausible (if only to you) scenarios in which it would be most appropriately used.

-Inspired by Ben Zhang, Class of 2022

Lost your keys? Alohomora. Noisy roommate? Quietus. Feel the need to shatter windows for some reason? Finestra. Create your own spell, charm, jinx, or other means for magical mayhem. How is it enacted? Is there an incantation? Does it involve a potion or other magical object? If so, what's in it or what is it? What does it do?

-Inspired by Emma Sorkin, Class of 2021

Imagine you’ve struck a deal with the Dean of Admissions himself, Dean Nondorf. It goes as follows: you’re guaranteed admission to the University of Chicago regardless of any circumstances that arise. This bond is grounded on the condition that you’ll obtain a blank, 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, and draw, write, sketch, shade, stencil, paint etc., anything and everything you want on it; your only limitations will be the boundaries of both sides on the single page. Now the catch… your submission, for the rest of your life, will always be the first thing anyone you meet for the first time will see. Whether it’s at a job interview, a blind date, arrival at your first Humanities class, before you even say, “hey,” they’ll already have seen your page, and formulated that first impression. Show us your page. What’s on it, and why? If your piece is largely or exclusively visual, please make sure to share a creator's accompanying statement of at least 300 words, which we will happily allow to be on its own, separate page.

PS: This is a creative thought experiment, and selecting this essay prompt does not guarantee your admission to UChicago.

-Inspired by Amandeep Singh Ahluwalia, Class of 2022

Cats have nine lives, Pac-Man has three lives, and radioactive isotopes have half-lives. How many lives does something else—conceptual or actual—have, and why?

-Inspired by Kendrick Shin, Class of 2019

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… the options, as you can tell, are endless.

-Inspired by Yoonseo Lee, Class of 2023

A hot dog might be a sandwich, and cereal might be a soup, but is a ______ a ______?

-Inspired by Arya Muralidharan, Class of 2021 (and dozens of others who, this year and in past years, have submitted the question “Is a hot dog a sandwich,” to which we reply, “maybe”)

“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” – Jessamyn West

-Inspired by Elizabeth Mansfield, Class of 2020

芝大的校训是“益智厚生” (Crescat scientia; vita excolatur),录取的学生也自然都是勤于发问、善于探究的深度思想者。

芝大的附加文书便是这样一个展现学生思维结构的绝佳平台。写好芝大文书的关键就是要去展现你独特的思想:你是怎么去处理一个看似很“无厘头”的问题的?你切入的角度与分析问题的过程是怎样的?这是芝大的招生官老师最希望看到的。

大家也不用囿于传统文书的格式与字数限制,往年芝大文书中就有小说、剧本、证词、小品文、游戏设计、地图、说明书,甚至是数学建模!

总之,大家在写芝大文书时一定要打开思维,放飞想象,不要为形式上的条条框框所限制!

Ref:https://www.ivycoach.com/the-ivy-coach-blog/college-essays/2022-2023-university-of-chicago-essays/

https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/apply/uchicago-supplemental-essay-questions

众所周知,芝加哥大学的附加文书题目以难度高而著称,所以大家一定要提升英语语言、阅读、写作以及批判性思维能力!

Great books项目通过探索像柏拉图,苏格拉底等文学作家的思想底蕴,来指导学生发展批判性思维和反思阅读能力,旨在帮助学生成为更好的批判性思想家和作家。

在两周课程结束后你将在专业作家的协助下,产出5页内的writing sample可以用于申请斯坦福人文夏校!

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