So I basically applied to 14 universities after I got into my dream school ED but with no financial aid in hopes of better options. I ended up getting into some that I really loved, but most of them with bad FA packages that we would never be able to afford, with Wesleyan University being my top choice. In the end, the only schools that we would somewhat be able to afford would be St. Lawrence University, George Washington (didn't give me much so would still be a stretch), UMass Boston, or in-state schools like GSU and GCSU. I've tried to really adjust my standards and be open-minded, but I honestly am not content with any of the remaining choices due to academics, location, and overall feel of the campuses and what they stand for, and I'm definitely going through the "I missed out on so much of high school working so hard for nothing" which I know is a disappointing reality for a lot of top students going through similar situations. I've also been going through some medical complications my senior year and my mom is really opposed to me even going out of state. So we've come up with some solutions 1) Stay in-state, go to GSU and continue treatment then maybe transfer to a better school 2) Take a couple of months off until I finish treatment, maybe take up a job, fully recover then take a gap year abroad (most likely be an internship or foreign language) or 3) Go to GSU while in treatment for a semester or so and then take a gap year? What is the best choice?