The Uncomon Blog

Thank you for the time and effort you put forth in your UChicago application. Once again, we’ve found that UChicago continues to attract incredible students with a passion for exploring ideas and a love of learning.

Your admissions decision will be available on your UChicago Account in the late afternoon of Thursday, February 15, 2018. 

As a varsity swimmer for the past three years, I have been a member of the Women’s Athletic Association (WAA), a group made up of all varsity female athletes at UChicago. WAA’s goal is to unite UChicago athletes while also promoting varsity athletic events to the general student body. WAA organizes several events per year, including a staff appreciation week for the employees of athletic facilities, a student-athlete day for all students on campus to celebrate athletics, and a networking night with alumni that were varsity athletes as undergrads.

UChicago offers many opportunities for students to volunteer and give back to the community. Growing up, my mother was involved with different philanthropy groups, and I was fascinated with the work they did. So, once I was old enough, I jumped into every chance I could to give back to the community.

This past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to spend five weeks in Rome, studying Latin with the Paideia Institute. I spent my time visiting ancient sites, wandering through museums, and speaking (yes, speaking) Latin with my peers. This incredible summer was made possible because the UChicago Classics Department awarded me the Nancy P. Helmbold Travel Award, which supports a Classics student studying or doing research in Greece or Italy.

Just a month ago, my dad drove me from our home near Boston, MA to a small, picturesque, seaside town on Cape Cod called Woods Hole. This town isn’t like any other coastal spot; it’s a world-renowned hub of marine biological study. Scientists come from all over the country and the world to study and work here. So, for a young scientist like me, traveling to Woods Hole was a dream come true.

“What’s that building that’s under the North Parking Garage?” I mused to myself while wandering around campus during O-Week. The thought quickly left my mind as I ran off with my House for a trip to Chinatown for bubble tea. However, a couple days later, while perusing the booths at the student activities fair, I noticed the University Community Service Center (UCSC) table and, knowing that I wanted to get involved in service, went over.

While UChicago’s campus is stunning, exploring beyond our neighborhood of Hyde Park and into the diverse and exciting city of Chicago has been an important part of my college experience. At first, Chicago’s size worried me (I’m from the Boston area, and Chicago is much larger), but through House trips organized by our Resident Heads, Resident Assistants, and House Council, I found navigating the city was not so intimidating.

Some people say that a university is only as good as its library, and the libraries at the University of Chicago seem to be very good.  The Mansueto Library houses 3.5 million books, all stored underground and retrieved by robots.  The Regenstein Library has the Special Collection of rare and unique books and records, 4.5 million print volumes, seven floors, and half a million square feet of floor space.

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 The University of Chicago offers over 400 recognized student organizations (RSOs), what are typically known in high school as clubs. These range from media/publications, club sports, cultural groups, and more. In the first part of this series, we will highlight performance groups – everything from a circus, dance organizations, and instrumental groups. By no means is this a comprehensive list, but we hope it provides a nice overview of the types of performances RSOs you can find on campus.

“Why UChicago?” and “How tough is balancing your work and athletics?” are the two questions, without fail, I field from softball recruits and their families when they’re attending camps or touring campus. As a fourth-year Public Policy major and member of the varsity softball team, I have been challenged and rewarded by athletics as a complement to my academics.

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