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Would studying abroad before college improve my application?

Hi everyone! I'm a junior thinking about doing a gap year and studying abroad before applying to college. I believe it'll give me a chance to grow and learn, but I'm unsure if colleges see these experiences as valuable. Will studying abroad improve my college application, or should I focus on other ways to stand out? Thanks for your help!

9 months ago

Hi there! Taking a gap year and studying abroad can be an excellent opportunity to grow as a person and learn more about yourself and the world. In many cases, colleges do view these experiences as valuable, especially if you can demonstrate the skills and personal growth you've gained during that time.

Remember, though, that it's also always good to explore other ways to stand out as well, such as taking challenging courses, participating in extracurricular activities, and having a strong application overall. Good luck with your decision!

9 months ago

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