I invite other forum members and contributors to help you do that and also to brainstorm ways to transition to other favorites.
*Here I come.
Alright, I am going to be honest here.
-I know that before you said that feedback here can be discouraging here, but I am going to be honest here. There is no nice way to say this. Ok, Ill try the sandwhich thing actually because I can see Noto also posted
*This is an interesting idea
*I do not think you did that great of a job writing here
*At least you were creative
-Now, honest post:
I read the first few lines, and I did not want to read the rest. I do not want to read a story here. I especially do not want to read a story about how your interest in flowers came about. Do you want to know why?
'Would you please tell us about a few of your favorite books, poems, authors, films, plays, pieces of music, musicians, performers, paintings, artists, magazines, or newspapers? Feel free to touch on one, some, or all of the categories listed, or add a category of your own.'
^The prompt is not asking you to tell your readers about how your interest in a category came about. The prompt is not asking for a story. It is basically asking you to discuss your interest in a category, and possibly for you to explain what makes that thing interesting.
For example, I can say I love New Wave music. I can go on to say that I find New Wave music very enjoyable to listen to, because it is pacifying and great to listen to. What I will not do, is say how I became interested in New Wave, how I bought a Mystica CD etc. That becomes a story.
You could still work it in, but I see it as straying too far from the prompt as it is written. If I were to read this essay as an admission official, I would think that it was written for another purpose and you figured you would slide it in because you didn't have the time to write one especially for the University of Chicago. I might also make the assumption that the U. of Chiacoago was not your first choice if you didn't make the effort and slide your application off to the side.
^Well, you did bring up a good point about human and nature accomplishments. Hats off to you, I never quite made that connection. However Noto, this is in fact UChicago. It may actually approve of this idea of flowers, because writing about flowers is quite out of the box, which is something that UChicago actually looks for in essays.