Should I take a Gap Year?
So I am 2 years younger than most in my grade, and I am only a sophomore in hs but I thought it might be a good idea to have a gap year. I think I can really grow as I feel like being so young might be a disadvantage because they won't think I'm prepared enough ( subquestion: am I at a disadvantage because of my age?) So yeah I maybe could accomplish a lot during the year so if you have input please respond. Thanks!
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My recommendation would be not to take a gap year but take the year over at school.
I would use this time to do the following:
-Take any classes over that you didn't get an A in.
-Take some AP classes to improve your course rigor.
-Study for the PSAT 10 and PSAT
-Re-strategize on what your ECs are going to be and which leadership positions you are going to go after.
-Perhaps explore any dual enrollment opportunities with local community colleges and your HS school as well.
The best results will come if you contact your HS counselor and tell him/her what you want to do. They will best know what courses can be expunged if you are going to take any over and what you can do to fortify your GPA and improve your course rigor.
Looks like you got some really great responses from other users here! I just wanted to chime in and reiterate while your age may not be a disadvantage in this case, Colleges will consider how you used the this time, what you learned and any skills you gained along the way. Gap years are common among students, so I'd encourage you to explore the option if you feel it would be beneficial to you as long as you have a plan and can show some areas of growth during that year!
I hope that helps!
I think that applying at a young age could actually be an advantage. If your grades are high I think college officers would impressed that someone a little younger has had good grades!!
I think given your situation, a gap year might be a good idea as long as you keep up with math and whatever so you can still do well at those classes when you go back to school. I would suggest also filling the gap year with community service and cool projects to demonstrate that you are using the year for lots of personal growth.
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