I was deferred from Case after I applied EA (I was frankly rather surprised, based on my test scores, extracurricular resume, recs, etc., but I won't get into that). Case is requesting a mid-year application update. One of the questions is an "optional short answer" that is as follows: "Imagine your future. How will you utilize the resources and opportunities available at Case Western Reserve University to realize that future?" I'm curious what people think about this question. Will not doing it severely hurt my chances during the Regular Decision round? Obviously, completing it could show that you have interest in the school, but the fact that it's optional is weird. What do you all think?