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芝加哥大学本科文书深度解析

  芝加哥大学

  申请:ED2:2017.1.2 ; RD:2017.1.2

  托福:最低100

  SAT:可以接受1月份和2月份的SAT成绩

  At UChicago,you are more than your GPA or test score.

  The office of College Adminssions reviews each application on a holistic basis—a complicated name for a very simple concept. The admission committee considers a candidate’s entire application—academic and extracurricular records,essays,letter of recommendation, and SAT or ACT scores—in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of a student’s qulifications and potential. So take this opportunity to reflect on your strengths, your weaknesses, where you have been, and where you want to go. A holistic reading process should empower you to be yourself.

  What does this mean for you?

  There is no minimum GPA or test score。

  对GPA和分数没有最低限制。

  No course load is mandatory, but a standard college pre program is recommended.

  对高中读的课程没有特殊要求。

  Every high school is different. Regional counselors with specific knowledge of their territory read all applications fist.

  学生由专门负责其所在地区招生官先行审核。

  Applications are reviewed multiple times and presented to an admissions committee.申请会经过多次审核。

  There is not one quality that can determine the strength of an application.申请的优秀程度并不由单一的因素决定。

  So what do we look for?

  We look for bright students with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and passion for learning. Show us how maximized your high school experience and pursued opportunities to develop unique talents.我们正在寻找求知若渴,对学习充满激情的聪颖孩子。证明自己已经最大限度的利用高中阶段来发展自己的独特才能了。

  We want you to thrive at UChicago. Tell us who you are—in your own voice—not what you think we want to hear.用你自己真实的话告诉我们你是谁,而不是你认为我们想听到的话。

  文书要求举例:

  2017-2018年UChicago Supplement:

  Required Question:(连续几年了这个问题都有)

  How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.

  据你所知,芝加哥大学会如何满足你对某种特定学习目的,社区环境与未来的渴望?请具体谈谈你自己的愿望,以及它们是如何与我们学校联系上的。

  黄小冬思路点拨:学生应该从自己的家庭背景、学习兴趣、职业目标和独特的才能入手,勾勒一个完善可行、激动人心的学术愿景。从长远的方面来说,学生应该直陈自己的人生理想和意愿,将其与短期目标无缝的结合起来。此类题目的另一个主要目的是考察申请者是否是随意添加学校凑数,还是经过一番深思熟虑认为非去芝加哥大学不可。如果能在文书中较好的体现自身对学校及项目的深刻了解及较高的忠诚度,能为录取大大加分。

  Extended Essay Questions:延伸小论文题目,必须写

  (Required; Choose one)六选一

  Essay Option 1.

  “The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.” – Joseph Joubert。

  争论或讨论的目的不应该是胜利,而应该是进步—约瑟夫,儒贝尔

  Sometimes, people talk a lot about popular subjects to assure ‘victory’ in conversation or understanding, and leave behind topics of less popularity, but great personal or intellectual importance. What do you think is important but under-discussed?人们时常在对话和理解过程中高谈阔论流行的主题以赢得“胜利”,却把不流行但对个人或智力发展而言有极大重要性的主题遗漏。在你看来,什么是重要却缺乏讨论的?

  -Anonymous Suggestion 佚名

  黄小冬思路点拨:此题为观点类题目。我们每个人都有自己的特定世界观和人生观。对于生活中的某个时间,均会有既有的立场和看法。对于此类文书题目,学生需要带着镣铐去跳舞,要做缸中的自由鱼,把自己还相对不很成熟的直觉用严谨丰满的学术英语清楚有力的表达说明。这类文书往往是为接受过美国本土中学教育的申请者而预设的。作为国际生,我们需要尝试从他们在美国本土的角度出发,才能较好的理解题目本身用意并有针对性的作答。但另一方面,这点运用得当的话,也能通过独特的精妙思维来给国际学生带来优势。

  此题的关键词在于“重要”而“缺乏讨论”以取得“人类进步”。结合美国本土的大环境,现阶段流行的讨论的最多的话题是什么?同时对普通大众最有利的但却没有得到应有关注的是什么?同时结合中国现阶段的发展,思考两者之间的交叉点;

  Essay Option 2.

  Due to a series of clerical errors, there is exactly one typo (an extra letter, a removed letter, or an altered letter) in the name of every department at the University of Chicago. Oops! Describe your new intended major. Why are you interested in it and what courses or areas of focus within it might you want to explore? Potential options include Commuter Science, Bromance Languages and Literatures, Pundamentals: Issues and Texts, Ant History... a full list of unmodified majors ready for your editor’s eye is available here:?https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/academics/majors-minors.

  由于一系列的传抄错误,芝加哥大学每一个系的名字都错了一个字母(可以是新增、删除或者是别字)。真糟糕!描述你新的目标专业。你为什么对它感兴趣,并想探索其中的什么课程或领域?一些可能的选择有通勤科学、基情语言与文学、双关语:议题与著作、蚂蚁历史。。。未经修改的专业名称在此供你审阅:

  黄小冬思路点拨:此题考查个人学习计划。这类文书相当普遍,是学生体现自己远大理想的绝佳机会。学生应该着力从自己的家庭背景、学习兴趣、职业目标和独特的才能入手,勾勒出一个完善可行、激动人心的学术愿景。这个题目和必选题目考查点有重合,所以,如果学生选择了这个做延伸论文题目,那么一定要避开必选题目的内容,选择除了必选题目以外,自己还有什么独特的才能可以展现出来的。

  -Inspired by Josh Kaufman, Class of 2018 受2018届Josh Kaufman 启发

  Essay Option 3.

  Earth. Fire. Wind. Water. Heart! Captain Planet supposes that the world is made up of these five elements. We’re familiar with the previously-noted set and with actual elements like hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, but select and explain another small group of things (say, under five) that you believe compose our world.

  土。火。风。水。心灵!动画片《地球超人》认为世界是由这五种元素构成。我们已经对此了然于胸,当然还有实际的诸如氢、氧、碳之类的元素。初次之外,选择并解释你认为的其他一组能构成我们世界的事物(五个以下)

  黄小冬思路点拨:此题为知识运用类。招生官设立这些题目,是为了给申请者一个虚拟的情境,看他们能否在其中灵活运用过去所学到的各类学术知识和技能。考虑到具有相关背景的招生官可能会参与到审阅过程中,在逻辑上和专业上自圆其说会是写作的第一优先级。在此基础上,如能适当的体现自身超越平均水平的学术能力或者是与预申请专业的契合度,将会是很大的加分。

  -Inspired by Dani Plung, Class of 2017受2017届Dani Plung 启发

  Essay Option 4.

  The late New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham once said “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.” Tell us about your “armor.”

  已故的纽约时报摄影师比尔康宁汉曾说过:“时装是让人在日常现实中幸存的装甲,我不认为你能抛弃它。这会像放弃文明一样。”告诉我们你的“装甲”。

  -Inspired by Adam Berger, Class of 2020 受2021届 Adam Berger 启发

  黄小冬思路点拨:此题考查个人爱好。首先你写这个题目要先了解这个摄影师到底是怎么样的人?他是一个可爱的老爷子,喜欢街拍,喜欢拍摄各种普通人的穿衣搭配。正是因为他对服装的热爱,所以才会让他认为如果抛弃服装,就像抛弃文明一样是一种灾难。

  那么,你的热爱是什么?反过来说,有没有某一样你的兴趣爱好,让你热爱到如果放弃也会感觉是一种灾难那么严重?

  Essay Option 5.

  Fans of the movie Sharknado say that they enjoy it because “it’s so bad, it’s good.” Certain automobile owners prefer classic cars because they “have more character.” And recently, vinyl record sales have skyrocketed because it is perceived that they have a warmer, fuller sound. Discuss something that you love not in spite of but rather due to its quirks or imperfections.

  电影《风飞鲨》的粉丝们说他们喜欢这部片子是因为“它烂得恰到好处”。一部分车主偏好老爷车,因为它们“有个性”。最近黑胶唱片的销售量屡创新高,是因为人们觉得它们的声音更温暖厚实。描述你因为槽点或是不完美之处(而不是因为这些不存在)而喜欢上的某样东西。

  -Inspired by Alex Serbanescu, Class of 2021受2021届Alex Serbanescu 启发

  黄小冬思路点拨:此题是考查个人特质。在英语世界里,人们经常说:“God is in the details”,中国人也说“窥一斑而知全豹”。通过申请者喜欢的某一样物品,切记,一定是something,而展现出申请者与众不同的观点。从看似不经意的细节,彰显出自己与众不容但却合情合理的个性一面。在宏观上则应该以小见大,重点明白要申请的大学所注重的重要品质。

  Essay Option 6.

  In the spirit of adventurous inquiry, pose your own question or choose one of our?past prompts. Be original, creative, thought provoking. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social critic, sage, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk, and have fun.

  以探寻未知的冒险精神,提属于你自己的问题或者选择一个往年的文书题目。在这个过程中请带上原创性、创造力并写出发人深省的文字。好好利用你作为一个作家、思想家、梦想家、社会评论员、哲人、世界好公民或芝加哥的未来社区成员的一些最好的优点,冒一冒险并享受这个过程。

  黄小冬思路:此题考查个人特质+学习目标+个人观点。

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