Answering Optional Secondary Prompts

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Hi everyone, I'm starting to look over old secondary prompts for the schools that I am applying to. I'm seeing some of the essays are optional, does it look bad to not answer these prompts?

Additionally, some of these optional prompts say something along the lines of "what else would you like us to know about you?". The statement is pretty ambiguous, so I am not sure if this is an invitation to talk about why you would be a good fit for the program, possible shortcomings in your application, ect.



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I'm already spending 20-30 minutes reading your application. If you want more of my time, make it worthwhile. Don't write something just for the sake of filling the page.

Is there something the committee should know??

Less than obvious tie to the region
That you lived in that state until you were 17 and although you didn't graduate HS there or return for college, you have extended family there and spend every summer on your uncle's farm.
Unusual situation that you might want people to know about before they meet you
That you lost a limb when you were 12 and have had to adapt to a new normal that has continued to change as you grew and acquired new skills.
Strong personal reason why this school (or area) is your top choice
That you are hoping to attend school in the xyz region because your spouse is in a doctoral program at....
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