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Anonymous said: I'm a junior in high school and I'm starting to look at colleges right now. What are your favourite and least favourite things about UChicago?
perfect timing because I really don’t want to type up this job application
as if now, these are my favourite (with a “u” because you used one!!) and least favorite things
Least Favorite Things
1. My schedule. I can’t really complain because I did this to myself, but I’m a bio pre-med taking a language “for fun” so I literally have class at 9:30AM everyday until 12:30 and then usually lab/discussion/tutorial/class until four-ish. In addition, I have clubs or extra classes that meet every night and I workout for like an hourish everyday.
That’s without homework and studying.
2. Hum. I have always been more of a history person rather than a literature person so a lot of the readings for hum see unnecessary (which they often are…) and some of the people in my section are super duper annoying. I struggle through it because of the core, but honestly I wish I didn’t have to take it.
3. The amount of time I have to spend on Chem. I have ~10 hours of class time for chem and spend hours (upwards of 10) doing problem sets, lab reports, and studying at week.
4. Some of the racism/sexism I have experienced. I’ll leave that for a separate post later as I become more familiar with the university.
5. The weather (anything under 75 for me is cold so yeah)
1. My Schedule (gotcha)
The busyness makes me feel like I actually growing as an individual and a student so it’s okay from first week to like sixth/seventh week. After that, I’m dying a little bit inside. It’s worth it.
2. My House: Literally the coolest, most fun, obnoxious, weirdest, and smartest group of kids you could put together. We have people from all over the country and the world from a multitude of backgrounds. I know I’ve met some of my best friends over the next four years and will have a group of people whom I can call at any time. Of course there’s always petty drama and the occasional argument, but we really would do anything for each other.
3. The Core. I’m very much a Type A personality who requires structure at ALL times and knowing all the classes I need to take in the future has been so great. I get to take history class eventually (!!!)
4. The relationships I have with upperclassmen. So invaluable. They’re experiences (academically and non-academically) have been frank and true to my experience. This has come from my house, my classes, and my clubs.
5. HARPER TUTORS. I swear by them. So they’re basically free tutors in harper library from sunday to thursday that you can go to and ask any questions. I go to the chem ones every sunday and tuesday (we’re friends basically) and the writing ones before every hum paper.
I love answering questions as I love uchicago—keep them coming!! I hope this helps!!
onsereverra said: How would you recommend getting a feel for the "house culture" of each of the houses UChicago? I've been doing a lot of reading about the kinds of rooms etc. in different buildings but I'm struggling to get a feel for their personality, so to speak. Any advice?
It’s really hard to get a sense of house culture from the online sources because each house is SO different. However, the general cultures of the buildings are pretty accurate.
Obviously, many of the statements below will be generalizations so I suggest (if you can) to visit and see as many dorms as you can OR find some people/upperclassmen who lived in the dorms.
Please note on the housing application, you pick your top 3 BUILDINGS and not HOUSES you live in. I think you can pick one house you want to live in, but you don’t rank the houses like the buildings.
If you want a strong house culture (generally)
Blackstone, Breck, Broadview, Maclean, Stony are all far-ish from campus so that’s why they’re known for having a stronger house culture. BJ and Snell-Hitchcock are just known for being more “uchicago.”
If you don’t want strong house culture
Max and South are closer to campus and usually don’t have a really strong house culture simply because the buildings are so massive. However, i know of people in both who really like their house even if it’s not the stereotypical uchicago dorm experience.
Depends on the House
I know people in both who really like and dislike their house in new grad and I-house. I can’t really give any more detail about those two. The lost tribes of pierce are in both of those buildings and some have more house culture than the others.
These are broad generalizations. Some house within the building have more house culture that others and “house culture”/ what you get out of it is very different. Visit the websites, talk to some students, look up house traditions and try to get the best feel.
oh and ask me more questions if you want.
Anonymous said: I know this is a super lame question but in your experience so far how has the core been? I read about it and all but I guess I'm still very uninformed ~~
No, I feel ya. The core is great and kinda sucky at the same time. All the info they give you during the application process/when you get in just seems like a lot of words so let me break it down for you.
The core is 1/3 of your total college class, but more so 1/2 to 3/4 of your first year. It really does give you a baseline for the rest of your academic studies, but it can be tedious at times.
THE CORE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
(described in high school terms to make it easier)
1. Two years of “english” (humanities and social science)
you’ll probably take both for all three quarters, hum all first year and sosc all second year OR both during your first year (it’s not that crazy)
2. One year of “history” (civilizations)
probably taken your second or third year for two/three quarters
3. One quarter of art
4. Two/Three quarters of biological science (biology)
5. Two/Three quarters of physical science (physics-y stuff)
6. One/Two quarters of math
****not necessarily calculus!!!!!!!
7. Foreign Language (you can test out this with placement tests/AP credit)
If you’re a science major, it will probably be clearer what classes you have to take/you won’t have too many options in comparison to someone in the classics.
and if anyone sees any mistakes in this, let me know.
julieappleseed said: Hi there! My name is Julie and I'm attending U of Chicago next fall and was wondering what I should do for housing? I feel like I am leaning towards a single because I need my alone time but then there are lots of people saying I'm missing out going with the single. (The main reason I want a single is to take bubble baths while singing my souls sisters playlist) but please any insight you could offer would be greatly appreciated! Thank you (:
Congratulations and welcome!
In my honest opinion, figuring out what building/what house culture you want in addition to if you want to live close or far to campus is more important than deciding if you want a single. One thing I did not know coming to campus was how important house culture is and how that affects your first quarter in college. The people you live with and associate with MAKE your first quarter. They will be your friends, your enemies, your older brothers and sisters, your parents. If you have/want a strong house culture, you will be fine regardless of your room situation.
If you’re not into that sort of thing, that’s fine too, but really take time to think about if you want to travel to class or food. I don’t know about y’all, but that is a really big deal to me. Max/Snell-Hitchcock and South/BJ are the ideal dorms if you want to close to campus and food. Literally 3 minutes MAX to get from your room to food. Max has two doubles in a suite and you have a shower, not a tub. I’m pretty sure Snell-Hitchcock has singles and doubles with a communal bathroom, but i’m not sure. South has singles with communal bathrooms (mostly), and BJ has communal bathrooms I believe.
Also, there are many types of singles. Singles in south do not have their own bathroom, but singles in broadview? (not sure on if it’s broadview or blackstone) do. However, south is in a VERY convenient location to campus/food whereas broadview is a little bit farther from the quad. There are doubles that have their own bathroom (new grad) and doubles that still share communal bathrooms. Singles with bathrooms do not necessarily equate having a shower and a tub.
This is a lot of info and I really suggest visiting campus if you can. If not, literally STALK the housing pages and ask students in the admissions office if you have a chance. There are always people who would love to help!
Tip: If you have already decided to attend uchicago or decide any time in the near future, PUT YOUR DEPOSIT DOWN. Your housing priority is based on what time you put down your deposit (ie the earlier the better) I know people who got in early, but didn’t put their deposit down until the day before and did not get any of their housing choices. I’m not saying that’s a terrible thing, but if you REALLY want to live in your first choice, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
You’re crazy smart, cool, popular, fun, etc. etc. and have worked so hard to be accepted to uchicago. My experience here has been unbelievable thus far and I can’t wait for you all to come visit and decide if this is the place for you.
Message me with ANY uchicago questions. Seriously, I was in your shoes like two seconds ago.