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Is taking a gap year generally frowned upon by colleges?

Hey everyone! I'm considering taking a gap year after high school for personal reasons. I've heard mixed opinions on whether this is a good idea or not. Do you think colleges generally frown upon gap years? Thanks for your help!

9 months ago

Hi there! Taking a gap year is not generally frowned upon by colleges. In fact, many colleges encourage students to take a gap year if they have a well-structured plan or purpose for it. It's essential to make sure that you're using your time productively and working towards personal, academic, or career growth during this period.

For instance, students may use their gap year to engage in travel, volunteering, skill development, or to gain work experience. If you can demonstrate how your gap year has made you a stronger applicant, it could work in your favor during the admissions process. Colleges appreciate students who have taken the initiative to grow and learn in alternate ways.

However, it's important to apply to colleges before your gap year and request a deferral if you're accepted. This is a common practice and most colleges have a deferral process in place. You can also consider applying during your gap year, but be prepared to explain your plans and experiences in your application.

I hope this helps alleviate some of your concerns!

9 months ago

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