Gap Year During High School ?
I'm going to be a senior this year (that is, if I end up attending school this year anyway) but I have to leave the U.S. in the middle of my school year for a least 3 months because of immigration. It's not something I can postpone or even change.
The thing is, if I attend school this year, I most will finish the first semester but I'd completely miss the the second semester. So, by the time I return, I'd have to attend both the first semester (again) and the second semester because AP classes run the entire year.
I think taking a gap year in between my junior and senior would be most beneficial for me since by the time I come back, immigration would be all sorted out and I wouldn't have trouble applying for financial aid from colleges.
However, what would colleges think if I do this? Is it looked down upon? Has anybody else done this?
I have pretty good stats from my freshman year up to my junior year (2/220 class ranking) 4.4 weighted GPA, 3.95 Unweighted, 30 on ACT (I'm retaking for the first time in Sept.) and I've taken a lot of AP classes, so when I return from my Gap year, I'd like to apply to the IVY Leagues, U of Chicago, Sarah Lawrence, Tufts University, Northwestern. But would I still have a decent chance of getting entry?
What else do you guys think I should do? I feel like I'm running out of options. :/
Also, would taking a gap year affect my high school stats in any way?
Last edited by chaskins; 07-29-2012 at 12:50 PM.