Aeon wrote:Aw, Hopeful, did you mention some of this in a "Why Michigan?" essay?
I'm saving this material for when I am placed on the waitlist. By the way, is this a good strategy for people who have borderline numbers? I didn't write any "why" essays knowing that I would probably make the waitlist and that I would save the "why" essay for my LOCI?
The impression that I generally get from additional optional essays is that schools can use them to gauge potential applicants' interest in them. Accordingly, if one applies ED somewhere, they're obligated to go if admitted, and so by this logic, the optional essays may have limited effect on ED applicants' cycles.
However, Dean Z did make a point in her interview (the one that's posted here on TLS
) that the additional essays can sometimes help to bolster a candidate's application by giving the Admissions Committee more material to work with. Of course, if the essays are poorly-written, then I imagine that they can also be detrimental, but from Dean Z's response, it sounds like they more often help applicants, rather than hurt them.
Based on what I've read, if someone isn't admitted via ED, then they are rolled over into the RD pool, so I guess then submitting a "Why Michigan?" essay might be a LOCI of sorts. Personally, I don't see the harm in submitting an optional essay (or two) while still under consideration, and then
, if ultimately wait-listed, drafting up a separate LOCI. Just my 2¢, though.
On a somewhat unrelated note, from the looks of it, no ED admits so far today.