Opinion Pieces

Here, you can expect our opinion pieces, where we’ll expand on multiple topics that we feel may help in your transition from a service member to a star student. We may even throw in some creative writing.


Ian Tierney: My Journey from the Marine Corps to the University of Chicago

Over eight years ago I graduated high school in the bottom 10% of my class. This fall, I will once again be a full-time student at the University of Chicago. You may be asking yourself, how could a top tier school with a 6.2% acceptance rate possibly accept a student like him? It is not …

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The Road Less Traveled: The argument for becoming a student veteran

At some point in their career, every member of the military member considers life after their enlistment is completed. Often, they are filled with excitement as they anticipate the sense of freedom they will experience on the day they get out. With longing in their eyes, they imagine waking up late, not shaving or doing …

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Searching for a University: Considering the Chicago Principles

            In recent years the definition of the University has been in flux. As NYU psychologist Jonathan Haidt has noted[1], the university is oscillating between truth and social justice. The competition between these values has been seen on campuses across the United States for several years. The shout-downs at Yale[2], the meltdown at Evergreen[3], the creation …

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Opinion Piece: On Networking

“It’s all about who you know.” A lot is said about the worth of networking, but not much is said about exactly what networking is and how we should approach it. Additionally, advice on networking can often miss the mark because approaches to networking should be tailored to the individual. What works for me might …

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The Dumbest One in the Room

           I sat in the library and was trying to muster some level of energy to begin reading the hundred or so pages that were due for my class in a few hours. After a month of college classes, I was finally starting to figure out a nice schedule and getting used to the homework load. …

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The University of Chicago’s Holistic Approach to Veteran Services

Former enlisted military veterans are not traditionally who one might expect to find in attendance at a top-tier university. In fact, most enlisted folks themselves wouldn’t even consider it a possibility. Fortunately, there has been a major shift over the last decade, both in how veterans envision their future in higher education and in how …

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Most Universities (Including Seven of the Ivy League) Fully Waive Standardized Testing Requirements for Fall 2021 Admission, but Should You Still Take One?

Most universities, including seven of the eight Ivy League, have now fully waived standardized testing requirements for applicants applying to the fall 2021 term (entering freshman graduation year: 2025). You may have seen another article stating that all universities have suspended the testing requirement, but as of now, there is a small deviation. Columbia’s School …

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Opinion Piece: Achieving a Concentrated Friend Group

Having a concentrated friend group is one of — if not the — most fundamental tools in achieving your academic goals. Now, what on earth is a concentrated friend group? A concentrated friend group is a focused group of individuals who share the same educational aims and corresponding ambition. Let me explain. If there is one concept/idea …

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