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How do colleges view taking a gap year?

Hello! I've been considering taking a gap year after high school, but I'm worried about how colleges will view this. Will it hurt my chances of getting accepted? What are some things I can do during my gap year to make my application stronger? Thanks for your help!

11 months ago

Hi there! Taking a gap year can actually be a great opportunity to grow both personally and academically, and many colleges view it positively. The key is to make good use of your time during the gap year and demonstrate how it contributed to your development. It's important to have a clear plan and be able to articulate the reasons for taking the gap year in your application. Some productive ways to spend a gap year include volunteering, internships, working on a personal project, traveling, or taking courses to enhance your skills. When my child took a gap year, they focused on volunteering and gaining work experience in their field of interest. This not only helped them grow as a person but also made their college application stronger. So, don't worry too much about it hurting your chances; just make sure you have a solid plan in place and can show how the experience made you a more well-rounded and prepared candidate for college. Best of luck with your decision!

11 months ago

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