Our very own Vinay Bhaskara (UChicago ’17) offers his best advice for tackling these questions in this comprehensive post.
How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future?
We think admissions officers are looking for a particular answer, like "genocide." Wake Forest claims they just want to know the real you, but they're just being obnoxious. Write a haiku, limerick, or short poem that best represents you.
Make a bold prediction about something in the year 2020 that no one else has made a bold prediction about.
Mental Floss: 6 college perks that might make you jealous 10.
You have just completed your 300-page autobiography. (UPenn, 2009) This topic was popularized by UPenn in the '80s, and many other colleges have adopted it over the years.
(Mental Floss) -- As high school seniors across the country are hard at work polishing their college applications, let's take a look at some of the stranger questions those wacky admissions officers have asked. Mental Floss: Unusual majors your college probably didn't offer 7.
(University of Chicago, 2002) This topic was inspired by a student. Students did not have to share their thoughts on Wednesday if they did not feel comfortable doing so. (NYU, 2009) College admissions officers like to throw in "fun" questions like this to relieve a bit of the stress high school seniors face while applying to college. In any case, I'm betting most students will pick a more generic essay that involves less thinking.
The first paragraph would be a blank space (0), two one sentence paragraphs (1,1), one two sentence paragraph (2), a three sentence paragraph (3), a five sentence paragraph (5), an eight sentence paragraph (8), and so forth.
The text would just be presented as if it were normal, but at the end you could point out the pattern as well.