If you’re willing to read on, however, we can help.
First, the basics: the University of Chicago essay supplement is split into two assignments.
What “interests, leadership experiences, and other passions” influenced your choices?
Is there a common thread to your decision-making process that will tie together these decisions, as well as your essay?
Sketch out a rough outline for these three to five prompts, with your main idea and some supporting content that will keep the response fresh and engaging.
For prompts that ask you for a short answer, like this year’s Essay Option 3, which asks you to first coin your own word and then share its meaning and plausible use, be sure that the answer itself is interesting .” If it helps, imagine yourself in a University of Chicago common room late at night, discussing all manner of strange questions with your new freshman classmates.
While it would seem that the writing of the prompt is the more important thing, I find students often struggle more with the choosing.
To make this process serve you, you ought to consider not only the five options for your year, but also the library of options from years prior.
To answer the question, you can start with a seminal experience, preferably an achievement that shaped your goals and aspirations.
Tell a story about this experience and describe what you learned from it and how it has influenced you and your short- and long-term goals.