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Can taking a gap year hurt my chances of getting into college?

Hi everyone, I've been considering taking a gap year after high school, but I'm worried that it might hurt my chances of getting into college. What are the pros and cons of taking a gap year and how do colleges view students who take one? Thanks for any guidance!

10 months ago

Hi there! I completely understand your concerns about taking a gap year. My own child took a gap year before starting college, and it turned out to be a great decision for them. I'll share some of our experiences to help you get a better idea of what to expect. First of all, taking a gap year can have both pros and cons, depending on how you utilize that time. If you spend your gap year pursuing activities that show personal growth, learning, or meaningful experiences, it can be seen as an asset by college admissions officers. Some of the pros of taking a gap year include gaining valuable life experience, having time to reassess your goals and priorities, and potentially making your application stand out. On the other hand, if you spend your gap year without a clear plan or doing activities unrelated to your educational or career goals, it might raise questions about your commitment and readiness for college. To ensure that your gap year is seen as a positive factor, make sure to have a plan and be prepared to explain your reasons for taking the gap year in your college application or during interviews. Overall, taking a gap year can be a wonderful opportunity if you make the most of it. Best of luck with your decision!

10 months ago

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