For example, UCLA sent me an email saying they wanted more information about me. More specifically, they wanted to know more about my extracurriculars. ALWAYS SUBMIT WHAT THEY REQUEST. In the email they say its “optional,” but by not submitting it, it’s easier to decide between someone who submitted a response and someone who did not. It shows you care!
You might be thinking “Duh, if they ask me I’ll submit an essay.” Keep in mind, they’re almost going to ask for these extra whatever-it-may-be AFTER you’ve submitted all your apps and riding on the Senioritis train 😎. No, seriously, even I thought about not submitting an essay because at the time it felt like so much do, especially after an exhausting application season.
But all I can say is: ALWAYS SUBMIT ANY FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS OR REQUESTS COLLEGES MAY HAVE.
Best of luck.