Steveloblaw wrote:I seem to recall that earlier in this thread (maybe page 10 or so? too lazy to go back and look) there were 1 or 2 guys who got YP'd with great stats, and neither wrote the optional essay. FWIW, if you have YP-like stats, you should write the essay, just to be safe. As Midwest said, it clearly isn't a requirement, but why not?
-Edited for terrible grammar.
FWIW, I only had a few things to say about "Why Duke". I was planning to save them for a LOCI if I got PR'd, rather than writing the Why Duke. Plus I wanted to get my 10 days started.
I have no idea if this was an optimal strategy or not, but it worked out.
ETA: "only a few things to say" beyond the obvious "good school, good job placement, etc"