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β€’ 10/29/2020 at 09:40PM

Should I write an essay if it is optional?
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I am applying for University of Houston and it says that the essay is optional. Should I bother writing it or would it significantly boost my chances?

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β€’ 10/29/2020 at 10:37PM

Ultimately if an essay is optional it is, well, optional. If you have the time to write it and/or if you think it can add another dimension to your application (or provide more depth to something you already said), then I'd say go for it. However, if you think you've already said all you need to say and/or you need the time for other applications, then you're probably safe to not write it. Hope this helps, and good luck with your applications!

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β€’ 10/31/2020 at 10:19PM

Yes, you should absolutely write any optional essays!

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β€’ 10/29/2020 at 11:07PM

In my opinion, you should definitley write it. It may set you apart from others who chose not to write it, making you more likely to be accepted.

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β€’ 10/29/2020 at 10:36PM

If it says optional it really means mandatory so just write it unless you are Bill Gates' kid or know a dean at the school

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10/31/2020 at 12:14AM

Hahaha love this! This is correct, unless it's one of those "additional info" prompts that ask for exceptional circumstances.