Should I ask the university if I can submit their optional essay after I submit my application?
I applied to Penn State, not knowing they had an optional essay questions, but I already submitted my application. I recently found out from a friend that they do. I’m not sure if it would be smart to reach out and ask if I could possibly send them my essay. I know it’s optional but it would help my chances to get in.
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In this case, the negatives probably outweigh the positives. Penn may wonder: 1) how you missed the optional essays and 2) why it took over a month to reach out. Even if they did say you can submit the essays, it could backfire if the essays aren't strong, or don't provide additional info. (I hope this doesn't sound harsh - I just want to share these different considerations). I wouldn't worry about this at this point and focus on other schools.
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