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!!