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What do colleges think about a gap year?

Hey everyone! I'm a high school junior, and I've been considering taking a gap year after graduation. I'm not sure how colleges view gap years, though. Can anyone share their thoughts or experiences with taking a gap year and how it affected their college admissions process? Thanks in advance!

10 months ago

Hey there! My child recently took a gap year before heading to college, and from our experience, colleges generally have a positive view on gap years, as long as you spend your time productively. It's important to have a well-thought-out plan for your gap year, which might include traveling, volunteering, working, or pursuing a specific project or passion. When you eventually apply to college, it's crucial to explain your reasons for taking a gap year and highlight how you've grown during that time. Make sure to emphasize the skills and experiences you've gained, which can make you an even more attractive candidate for admission. In my child's case, they spent their gap year volunteering abroad and working on a personal project. When they applied to college, they were able to discuss the impact of those experiences on their personal and academic growth. In the end, they were admitted to their top choice school! So, a gap year can be a great opportunity if you use it wisely, and colleges can appreciate the unique perspective and maturity it can bring to their campus. Best of luck with your decision!

10 months ago

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