"Optional" college essays

<p>So Loyola in MD has an optional essay on their supplemental form. The question states their mission statement and core values. THey want you to connect all these and show how you embody them or whatever. I think they had to make it optional beacuse their mission statement says something about some religion. Anways, my question is should i write this essay even though i have no problem with the religious statement? Would it hurt my appication not to write it? Would it mkae me look lazy?</p>

<p>bump please</p>

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