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What's the best way to discuss a gap year in college applications?

I took a gap year to explore my passions and gain work experience. How should I emphasize this in my college applications? Is it an advantage or disadvantage, and how can I make the most of it? Thanks for the guidance!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you took a gap year to explore your passions and gain work experience. On your college applications, it's important to highlight what you did during your gap year, how it contributed to your personal growth, and how it is relevant to your college goals or the major you're interested in.

When discussing your gap year, be specific about the experiences you had, the skills you gained, and any accomplishments during that time. This can show that you used the time wisely and it will be seen as an advantage. Colleges appreciate students who can demonstrate personal growth, curiosity, and a strong work ethic.

You can mention your gap year in different parts of your application, such as your personal statement, supplemental essays, or additional information section. Tailor it to the application prompts and make sure it connects to your overall narrative. Remember that showcasing your gap year is about how these experiences have shaped you and prepared you for college.

For more guidance on how to present your gap year in the best way, check out this helpful CollegeVine blog post: How to Discuss a Gap Year on Your College Applications.

Best of luck with your applications!

9 months ago

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