Should I do the optional essay?

<p>I am completing my application to the University of Pittsburgh. The supplements, like teacher recs and essays, are completely optional. I am already planning on sending teacher recs, but should I do the essay? Would it help me or would a less-than-stellar essay only hurt my chances? I'm not very good at talking about myself so my application essays are not that good. </p>

<p>Frankly, I'm only really applying because it is in state and I need to have a relatively cheap school in case my financial situation changes (the rest of the schools I'm applying to are upwards of $30,000 per year).</p>

<p>Always write the optional essay. Unless you feel absolutely confident that Pitt is a solid safety school, it's always better to write the essay. It shows that you're interested in the school. So if you're under qualified academically, this can give you a boost and conversely it can show that an overqualified candidate is still seriously considering the school. Make sure you have it edited by a teacher or guidance counselor. Don't write it the night before and take your time. You're right that a sloppy essay will hurt your chances. </p>

<p>Keep calm and do your best. Plus if you put down that you want to study math/science etc then they may cut you some slack on your essay, but not a lot, so make it good. </p>

<p>Good luck!</p>

<p>Definetely write the essay! It would only show the school that you are even more interested in them and that you showed time and dedication on their app. </p>

<p>Hope you get in :)</p>