Hey, The optional essay for U Pitt reads: The recruitment of a diverse student body is a major goal of the University of Pittsburgh's Medical School Admissions Committee. Please tell us whether facets of your life and education to date would contribute to the achievement of this goal. Such facets might include your early education, socioeconomic status, culture, race/ethnicity and work experience. (Limit your response to 250 words or less.) My question is, is this essay (and others like it) really OPTIONAL? I mean, do people get accepted without answering it? If it comes down to choosing between a person who completed the essay and one who didn't, do you think they'd pick the person who did it? I personally cannot think of a damned thing to write about for this essay. What do you guys think?