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Should I submit an optional essay if a college allows it?

Hey guys! Some colleges I'm applying to have an optional essay. Should I submit one? What are the benefits of doing so and are there any downsides? Thanks for any advice!

9 months ago

Hi there! It sounds like you're working hard on your college applications, and that's great! As for the optional essay, it's really up to you, but I can share some thoughts based on my experience helping my child through the application process. Submitting an optional essay can be beneficial because it gives you an opportunity to showcase more about your personality, experiences, or achievements that may not be covered in other areas of your application. It can also demonstrate your interest in the college and your dedication to putting in the extra effort. However, there are a few things to consider before deciding to write the essay. If you feel like your application is already strong and well-rounded, and the essay topic isn't something you're particularly passionate about, it might not add much value. Additionally, if you're pressed for time and can't put in the necessary effort to make the essay well-written and engaging, it could potentially harm your application. In summary, if you have something meaningful to share and can put in the time to create a high-quality essay, it might be worth submitting. Otherwise, it's okay to skip it. Good luck with your applications!

9 months ago

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