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Brain Teasers

Besides holiday countdowns, another season is in progress for a distinct section of the population, high school seniors and their families.

College applications.  Many with deadlines December 1 or January 1.

Maybe today instead of Sudoku, a crossword or Lumosity, you would like to test your brain flexibility by addressing some of the essay prompts too.

 University of Chicago 2013-14

The mantis shrimp can perceive both polarized light and multispectral images; they have the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom. Human eyes have color receptors for three colors (red, green, and blue); the mantis shrimp has receptors for sixteen types of color, enabling them to see a spectrum far beyond the capacity of the human brain.

Seriously, how cool is the mantis shrimp: mantisshrimp.uchicago.edu

What might they be able to see that we cannot? What are we missing?

Inspired by Tess Moran, Class of 2016. 

And, Ms. Moran would perhaps have answered the following question on her application for admission to the class of 2016.

University of Chicago 2011-12 

“What does Play-Doh™ have to do with Plato?” – The 2011 University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt List

Every May, the University of Chicago hosts the world’s largest scavenger hunt. As part of this year’s hunt, students raced to find the shortest path between two seemingly unrelated things by traveling through Wikipedia articles.

Wikipedia is so passé. Without the help of everyone’s favorite collaborative internet encyclopedia, show us your own unique path from Play-Doh™ to Plato.

Inspired by Ayla Amon, AB’10, Daniel Citron, AB’09, and Benjamin Umans, AB’10

Good Luck from Morty the Mantis Shrimp

UChicago is one of the very most selective, highly ranked colleges in the US.  However, the student inspired questions posed to future freshmen seem a little bit like cerebral hazing to me. . .

Raise your hand if you’re glad your essay days are over.

More prompts can be found in this Washington Post article, or any college website.

washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/25/unusual-college-essay-questions-for-2013-14-2/

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