Submitting unsolicited material
I was caught off-guard when I realized one of my programs did not have a writing sample requirement. In fact, I cannot find one single reference to a writing sample requirement (optional, required, or otherwise) on their website. On the one hand, I feel as if submitting a sample cannot hurt too much, especially since they can hypothetically just throw it away if they don't want to read it. Better to have it than not, no?
On the other hand, it certainly runs the risk of making a bad impression. Getting marked as that one student who can't follow simple instructions can be detrimental.
It's too close to the deadline for me to check with the program itself. I think I am probably not going to submit my sample, but I would like some opinions.