Elahrairah wrote:Here's a question for you guys: How important is a Why Michigan? I already have one supplemental essay written, and my inability to write a solid Why Michigan has now held up my application for three weeks. (!!) Michigan is among my very top choices because of its focus on public interest work, academia, and clerkships, but I don't know how to turn that into a full page of writing without it sounding obsequious or forced. Would it substantially hurt my chances to submit without a Why Michigan? Should I just get a move on and submit?
I think when they say an essay is optional, it really is optional. I didn't write one and got in. I think you should only send strong essays, and that would work better than just a forced "Why Michigan" essay when you don't feel like writing one. For instance, I submitted a diversity statement because I had something to say there, but I wouldn't write an essay just for the sake of it, when it is optional. I think if that's the only thing your application is missing, you should definitely submit your application. Submitting early is probably going to benefit you a lot more than writing a "Why Michigan" essay. Also, you could always email them later with an additional essay if you still think you should write one. On the other hand, if Michigan really is at the top of your list, you should probably be able to write a decent essay. Focus on one of the things that you love about Michigan, find the program on their website to learn everything about it, and write about it. But I still don't think it's in your interest to wait so long before sending your app for just an optional essay.