Another “Check the box” question, but here the key is to avoid giving the admissions counselors what they want to see.
Pick some facet of your personality, or the organizing theme of your application, and generate lists of items in those spheres.
The key to this type of essay is to avoid platitudes, such as “the campus is beautiful,” or the “students have a tight knit community.” Whenever possible, you want to refer to factors that are specific and unique to the University of Chicago.
Creating an exhaustive list of such factors would require several thousand words of writing; however, the following are a few distinctive factors gleaned from my time (admittedly brief) at the university.
If your application has a common theme, picking three items within that theme would add to the novelty of the essay.
For example, my group of three would be Boeing Field in Seattle, London City Airport, and Hyderabad Airport.
The first paragraph would be a blank space (0), two one sentence paragraphs (1,1), one two sentence paragraph (2), a three sentence paragraph (3), a five sentence paragraph (5), an eight sentence paragraph (8), and so forth.
The text would just be presented as if it were normal, but at the end you could point out the pattern as well.
Regardless of how you do it, use this essay as an option to explore a genuine curiosity in whatever “pattern” or “odd thing” you choose.
2) In French, there is no difference between “conscience” and “consciousness”.