<p>For my common app main essay I pretty much explained why I wanted to major in the sciences, but the Columbia optional essay asks the same thing. I don't want to sound redundant by basically writing the same thing again but I also don't want to hurt my admission chances. What should I do??</p>
<p>I don't recall there being an optional essay...
Perhaps you're talking about the essay where you choose one between Columbia College and Fu Foundation. That essay isn't optional; write the essay that corresponds to the college you're applying for. I hope this helps.</p>
<p>Ok thank you. I'm going to complete it then.</p>