Pretty much the title.
White kid, middle class, attends an “elite” private school in PA.
Double legacy, 1520 SAT (720 math 800 rw), very strong essays but likely mediocre (by UChicago standards) letters of recommendation. Did not submit a video profile yet, which I’ll do regardless of if I enter the RD or ED2 pool.
Extracurriculars: Intern at psychiatric hospital, student body president, barista @ Starbucks, NSLI-Y semifinalist, XC state champ, tutoring, a few other things. Completed a college introductory economics course with an “A” grade, currently taking college senior-level courses at a T50 university in history/international relations.
I’m interested in international relations, Middle Eastern studies, the causes of radicalization, non-state actors in politics, terrorism, the effects of civil conflict on world markets, etc. Basically, globalization and its consequences.
My main question is that if I was rejected ED1 (binding) how would applying ED2 show any more dedication to UChicago than I already have? Plus, I also like Vandy and I’m considering ED2ing there. ED2ing UChicago when they’ve passed once on me runs a big risk of “wasting” that ED2.
But despite all that, UChicago is my dream school. I love its prioritization of academia and the pursuit of knowledge over all. Their Middle Eastern Studies and IR (via Poly Sci) professors are world-class: Mearshimer, Pope, etc. I don’t love the idea of a Chicago winter, but I’d be willing to stick it out!
Thoughts? I think you all can tell I want to ED2 UChicago, but is it the right choice? Should I “burn the boats” or “hedge my bets?”