<p>I have started writing my essays. Can anyone tell me what the admission people are looking for while they read my essays. </p>

<p>I know one aspect is about the "life of the mind"</p>

<p>any more.</p>


<p>Trying to tailor your essay to UoC won't get you there :-|</p>

<p>Don't try to game it. I think they are looking for people who are intelligent and have interesting minds. Since students accepted run the gamut from humanities types to mathematicians and economists, I am sure more than one type of essay would be successful. Be yourself. If you are quirky and creative, pick the mustard topic or come up with one of your own. If you are a mathematician or scientist you might find the astronaut topic enticing. Personally, I thought the suggested topics were a little lame this year, and I would choose my own topic.</p>

<p>I visited Chicago yesterday and listened to the admissions talk. They said they are very much looking for you, who you are, your personality. She could not emphasize this enough. She said there is no hidden adgenda. They are looking for interesting and creative answers to the 3rd essay.</p>

<p>I answered the mustard essay thinking it would suck completely but I actually ended up having a lot of fun writing it and it turned out to be the most hilarious essay I have ever written. Chicago really does make you discover your own potential, I guess.</p>

<p>Thanks every one for your replies.</p>

<p>Yes, I have miscalculated.</p>