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How do colleges view a gap year on applications?

Hi all! I'm a high school junior considering taking a gap year after graduation to gain some real-world experience and personal growth. How do colleges view gap years on applications? Will it hurt my chances of getting accepted, or could it potentially be a positive factor? Any insights would be helpful. Thank you!

10 months ago

Hi there! My child also took a gap year before starting college, and it turned out to be a great decision. Generally, colleges view gap years quite favorably, as long as you can demonstrate that you used your time productively and grew personally and intellectually. If you can showcase the valuable experiences you gained during your gap year in your application, it can definitely be a positive factor. In fact, some colleges even encourage students to take gap years. Just be prepared to explain your reasons for taking a gap year and how it contributed to your overall readiness for college. The key is to present a strong narrative that highlights how your gap year experiences align with your college goals. So, don't worry too much about it hurting your chances; if anything, it can make you stand out in a positive way. Good luck!

10 months ago

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