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How do admissions officers view gap years?

Hey guys, I'm considering taking a gap year after high school to gain some real-world experience and do some volunteering. I'm wondering how admissions officers view gap years and if it will hurt my chances of getting into my top-choice colleges. Can anyone provide some insight on this? Thanks in advance!

10 months ago

Hey there! My child took a gap year before starting college, and it was a great decision for them. Admissions officers generally view gap years positively as long as you can demonstrate that you made good use of the time. Volunteering, gaining real-world experience, and personal growth are all valuable in the eyes of admissions officers. In fact, taking a gap year can sometimes even be a plus, as it shows maturity and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone. Just make sure you have a well-thought-out plan for your gap year and can articulate how it has contributed to your personal and academic development. In the end, it's all about how you present your gap year in your application and how it relates to your future goals. Good luck with your decision, and I hope this helps!

10 months ago

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