officers are spending February reading variations by aspiring
first-years-on themes suggested by last year's admitted class.
1: Iris Kellett, County Kildare, Ireland
often think how lucky I was to have been an only child. I had
enough business sense, even at an early age, to realize that
had I had brothers and sisters, I would have been lucky to get
a share of a single family pony, instead of which I was, for
a short time, the proud possessor of three." Compose an
essay about your relationship with one or more siblings. If
you are an only child, elaborate on the perspective of Ms. Kellett,
telling us how you felt-rich in ponies or love, bereft of the
siblings you imagine would have enriched your life.
2: Jonathan Shepard, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
new incarnation of Survivor makes us wonder about this
thing called television and these creatures called human beings.
Produce a version of Chicago Survivor. Use as your location
the lush Gothic campus, laboratories, libraries, gymnasia, and
residence halls of a major American university. Make your rules,
identify some players (select from all of human history), and
take us through a trial and its results. Profundity will be
rewarded and true wit will certainly count in your favor, but
too much familiarity with the actual show may be a strike against
3: Jeremiah Vanscoyoc, Deshler, Ohio
a pivotal scene of a recent American film, a teen-aged videographer
records a plastic bag blowing in the wind. He ruminates on the
elusive nature of truth and beauty and suggests that beauty
is everywhere-often in the most unlikely places and in the quirky
details of things. What is something that you love because it
reflects a kind of idiosyncratic beauty-the uneven features
of a mutt you adopted at the pound, the feather boa you found
in the Wal-Mart parking lot?