Ahhhh!!!! The University of Chicago (team name Maroons, which explains the title of this post) comes across much better in person than from far away. I don't have a choice about applying there, and I actually liked the school when I visited, but these essay topics are absolutely from hell. After like 10 drafts, I'm still no closer than when I started.
It's one thing to simply not accept the Common App. When a school goes to great lengths to tout its "Uncommon App," it's just plain infuriating. Ahhhh!!!!! Why can't I get any money from Yale? Oh well. I guess everything has some cosmic purpose.