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Extended Essay

brunotlbrunotl Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
edited December 2009 in University of Chicago
I'm sorry if the question is silly or something like that.

"Essay Option 5. In the spirit of adventurous inquiry, pose a question of your own. If your prompt 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, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk and have fun."

I have written quite a nice "pg 237" essay for Penn. Do you think it would fit here? I ask that because, as you see, the prompt allows us to make somthing different, but I don;t know how the admission officers would react to such essay. While surprising them would be good, I feel that they could think "oh well. a recycled essay from another application", which although not a crime, is true.

Again, sorry if it isn't a good question! I'm not used to all the procedures and want to get everything right. Thanks a lot in advance.
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Replies to: Extended Essay

  • TheYankInLondonTheYankInLondon Registered User Posts: 3,487 Senior Member
    I might be remembering this incorrectly but I that a "page 237" essay was one of the prompts a few years ago and you are not supposed to use prompts from previous years...
  • brunotlbrunotl Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    Oh no? I had no idea of that. If anyone could confirm this...
  • abcdefg1234abcdefg1234 Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    a) you can use prompts from previous years
    b) people have used their pg. 217 (I think) for their Chicago essay and vice-versa
    c) make sure you pose an intelligent question that fits your pg. 217 essay, don't use the one on Upenn's page.
  • praisebetoFSMpraisebetoFSM Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    Yeah, I'm with abcdefg. As long as you pose a question which effectively fits your pg. 217 (or 237 or whatever it is) essay, I don't think they'll blow it off as "just another recycled essay from another application".
  • brunotlbrunotl Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    Well, mine talks about an ellectoral defeat by a narrow margin and how I use it as the kickoff of a series of projects (I swear it is actually better and less clichet than it sounds!! haha). I will think of some good "prompts"... thank you a lot!
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