As usual, I'm feeling totally overwhelmed with college stuff. I keep thinking "I'm so busy with summer reading right now, I'll just wait until school starts to do this stuff" but then I realize that I'm only going to busier once school starts. I still have about 500 pages of reading to do, plus two review sheets. Still, I need to get moving on the Chicago app, because that's due in a little more than 2 months, which is so scary. I need to choose an essay topic! That's a scary prospect. Ooooh, but that is something good to talk about.
So, let me tell you a little about my favorite school, the University of Chicago. A school which is like me in that it prides itself on not being normal. They do not accept the common app (even with supplement), but instead have something called the Uncommon Application. I almost peed myself two weeks ago when mine came in the mail. (Even though I'll be applying electronically, its nice to have to refer to (at the hug.)) Anyway, some stuff in there:
1. Basic Information Form: which I really should fill out soon, in fact, maybe I'll do that today! (Still a scary thought, though).
2. All kinds of info about my family
3. A really lengthy thing for my guidance councilor to fill out, so I can be rated in every possible sense.
4. Teacher recs: one from a math/science, one from an english/social studies
5. The essays:
Definitely a place where Chicago stands out. There are two mandatory essays:
A. How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and futures? Please address with some specificity you own wishes and how they relate to Chicago? [Um, not really sure how to answer this one....., yet!]
B. Whould you please tell us about a few of your favorite books, poems, authors, films, plays, pieces of music, musicians, performers, paintings, artisits, magazines, or newspapers? Feel free to touch on one, some, or all of the categories listed, or a add a category of your own. [I was amazingly pumped when I learned about this question at the info session, and I'm still pumped to answer it, although I will have to put some serious thought into what I'll say]
And then, there are four (technically five options) for a third essay. This is where Chicago gets quirky. They like to take submissions from the entering freshman class, and while not all of the questions come from this source, all of the questions are very "interesting" to say the least.
1. Chicago professor W. J. T. Mitchell entitled his 2005 book What Do Pictures Want? Describe a picture and explore what it wants.
2. The University of Chicago has a veneralbe tradition of seminar-based learning, in which students and professors gather around the classroom table to discuss ideas. Less venerable, but not less valuable, iks our traditions of converstaion around another table - the dinner table. Indeed, on any given night you will find memebers of our student community breading bread together, discussing everything from The Symposium to The Simpsons. We in the admission office would argue that a community can be defined by its table -by its shape, by who finds a seat there, by what transpires there, by what is inspried there. Tell us about your table.
3. In Jorge Luis Borges's Labyrinths, he writes a parble entitled "Borges y yo," which translates as "Borges and I." In it, Borges writes about "the other one," his counterpart, who shares his preference for "hourglasses, maps, eighteenth century typography, the taste of coffe and the prose of Stevenson," but is not the same as he. "The other one" is the famous author; "the other one" is the one "things happen to." He concludes this parable with the line "I do not know which of us has written this page." Write a page. Who has written it?
4. Modern improvisational comedy had its start with The Compass Players, a group of University of Chicago students, who later formed the Second City comedy troupe. Her is a chance to play along. Improvise a story, essay, or script that meets all of the following requirements:
It must include the line "And yes I said yes I will Yes" (Ulysses, by James Joyce)
Its characters may not have superpowers
Your work has to mention the University of Chicago, but please, no accounts of a high school senior apllying to the University -- this is fiction, not autobiography
You work must include at least four of the following elements:
1. a paper airplane
2. a transformation
3. a shoe
4. an invisible hand
5. two doors
7. a fanciful explanation of the Pythagorean Theorem
8. a ventriloquist or ventriloquism
9. the Periodic Table of Elements
10. The concept of jeong
11. number two pencils
5. Take as a model Options 1 through 4 as you pose and respond to a prompt of your own. If your promt is original and thoughtful, then you should have little trouble writing a great essay. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social critic, sage, sensible man or woman, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk and have fun.
So there you have it. Right now I'm leaning toward two, but three looks good too. Definitely need to think about it.
Anyway, second purpose of this post. A tv update. Been wondering about my fate as a viewer this fall, so I went online to check out what will be on. So here's what I'l be watching.
8. Extreme Makeover (I used to watch this, but its not THAT great and I'm way too busy for anything short of amazing.)
9. Desperate Housewives (Idk, actually getting a little tired of this too. Characters are infuriating, and while its meant to be funny, I don't think it is at all.)
10. Brothers and Sisters (Love, love, love this show. Didn't actually start watching until the end of the first (and only season), but its great. It was written by one of my heroes, Greg Berlanti, who went to Northwestern, actually, and who wrote Everwood. Nothing will ever be as amazing as Everwood (although OTH often comes close), but this quite good too) (So this is my only definite for Sundays)
I Miss Everwood!
8. Beauty and the Geek (Love, love, love this show. Just saw my first commercial for the new season last night, and I'm pumped.)
9. House (Actually just started watching this at the end of the last season too, most because of Chris, but I' love it too. Its better than Grey's in that its more mentally stimulating for the sciency parts of me)
9. Private Practice (Addison is my McFavorite all the way!)
9. Grey's Anatomy (Need I say any more)
So there you go, not too much, although my mom is always telling me I watch too much tv, which just makes me want to watch more to spite her. Also, there were some interesting notes on this webpage.
[Under the heading: "Looking Ahead to Midseason"] On ABC, in addition to the titles listed above, look for additional new drama Eli Stone (the producers of Brothers and Sisters return with a hallucinating San Franscisco lawyer) [. . .] and new comedy Miss/Guided (Judy Greer is a rookie high school guidance conselor.)
[. . .]
On the CW, a re-tooled One Tree Hill (which will be set four years into the future).
Whoa, baby! I'm so excited that OTH is coming back, especially since they kind of didn't have a real season (or series) finale. But four years. Still, I can understand not wanting to have to separate them for college, but is it really realistic to imagine that they all end up back in Tree Hill after college. Haley and Nathan's son is already going to be three. And what about Lucas and Peyton. Will they do a Naley? I doubt it. And where is everybody going to college. Last I remember Naley were going to Duke, but can Nathan still go after his bball scandal. I think Lucas was going to Chapel Hill? What about everyone else. ZOMG I'm dying of excitement. LJ+Yellowcard is overload. Time to got summer read until I die. Yossarian lives!
P.S. This post now has more tags than all of Lord and Taylor.