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Extremely confused and in need of serious help.

SoComplicatedSoComplicated Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
I was admitted to a school via ED II. I know that I'm supposed to attend, but I've run into some issues that will either force me to take a gap year or attend a school that's closer to my residence (Northern California). My parents are getting older and are suffering from health issues nearly every day. I'm not going to get too specific on what the issues are, but they'll likely need me to take care of them or help around the house a couple days a week. My brother's in middle school right now and having someone available to take care of him over the weekend would lessen the burden on my parents by a ton.

Here are my questions: How do I go about asking for a gap year? Who do I email, and what happens if I'm not allowed the gap year? I'm supposed to accept my offer of admission by March 1st. What happens if I don't accept that offer? Would I be able to accept offers from the UC's and/or other universities?

My second question is: If I take a gap year, am I still bound by the ED II agreement? I have a 4.0 UW, 2240 SAT, and many extracurriculars and awards. I'm counting on acceptances from Cal and UC Davis in March. I'd much rather attend Cal at this point as it's only around 40 minutes from home, wheras the school I was accepted to is over 2000 miles away.

Anyhow, it's going to be very hard for me to attend my ED II school for the next 4 years. I hear UC's are very hard to transfer to if you're from an OOS university, so I'd much rather attend a UC at this point for the reasons stated above. Is there any way to cancel the ED II agreement and attend a UC school instead?

Replies to: Extremely confused and in need of serious help.

  • bjkmombjkmom Registered User Posts: 7,186 Senior Member
    I'm not sure how much help I can be, but I'll get the ball rolling.

    If one of your parents have suffered a change in their health status-- say, a stroke or a heart attack-- I imagine the explanation is fairly straightforward; there's no way you could have forseen that when you applied ED.

    But if this is a question of elderly parents gradually showing their age, then I think you probably have a much harder explanation in front of you. You would want to explain why this wasn't part of the original decision making process.

    You certainly don't owe me-- or us-- this explanation. But I think you'll want to give it some thought.
  • 4Gulls4Gulls Registered User Posts: 444 Member
    @bjkmom makes a good point. If you've got medical validation for the condition of one or both of your parents and a letter from doctors saying they will need assistance that would go a long way towards substantiating your claim. Is it merely a health / parents need your help issue or does their new condition also create financial hardship for you?

    Somehow you've got to make the case that this was an unforseen situation and that things are very different from when you first applied. Kudos to you for being a caring son/daughter and wanting to help out your parents and younger brother. Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
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