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Is taking a gap year worth it?

I'm considering taking a gap year after graduating high school in order to really focus on a project I'm passionate about and explore some of my other interests. What do you think are the pros and cons of taking a gap year, and would it have a negative impact on my chances of getting into a top school?

9 months ago

A gap year can have both pros and cons depending on how you make use of the time. If you dedicate to a passion project and explore your interests, it could lead to personal growth and provide a unique story to tell colleges.

On the other hand, there's a possibility of losing momentum when it comes to academics. Taking a year off from structured education might make it difficult for you to re-adapt into the academic environment. Additionally, it depends on how each college views gap years.

My daughter took a gap year before college, volunteering at a local NGO, and used her experience to highlight leadership skills and personal growth when applying. She got accepted into her dream school. From her experience, it didn't have a negative impact; instead, her journey made her stand out to the admissions panel. However, every case is different and it's important to carefully weigh the pros and cons based on your goals.

9 months ago

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