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Gap year & reapply? Unhappy/confused (please give advice)

covidclassof2020covidclassof2020 4 replies1 threads New Member
edited May 11 in Gap Year
I do not know what to do and because of the corona-virus I am reconsidering everything. I got into a top 50 university but I do not think that it is right for me. I feel sad and am mad at myself feeling as if I messed up. Does anyone think it is a dumb idea to just apply to college again this next year after taking a gap year?

I am worried on what to do if I get into a worse school for me (as in one that does not have my desired program or is significantly less academic). Also this next year it could be so much harder to get into college so I could be making life harder for myself, which is even more true because I did not perform as well my senior year as my other years of high school (just not straight as but not bad). And I am wondering if I would still have to submit my act/sat scores or if colleges would see I aplied to college last year. But if I get into a better fit school it will all be worth it, plus I know I want to do a gap year. Honestly any advice is appreciated, sorry for this rant and thank you if you answer.
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 6418 replies1 threads Senior Member
    I think that it is hard to give good advice without knowing more.

    What is your intended major?

    What is your budget?

    Where did you get accepted? Is it affordable without debt?

    What do you want in a university? What matters to you in terms of what schools would you be glad to be going to versus not so happy?

    What were your grades each year of high school (by year)? Unweighted would be more useful than weighted because different high schools in the US compute weighted GPAs in very different ways.

    What is your home state?
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  • silverpurplesilverpurple 349 replies55 threads Member
    Put in your deposit and hold your spot. You can still apply to others during your gap year.
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  • joecollege44joecollege44 406 replies19 threads Member
    I think we need to know the school and why it is not a good fit. It’s very possible we would feel your fears are misplaced.
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  • covidclassof2020covidclassof2020 4 replies1 threads New Member
    thank you to all that have responded and Im sorry for the late reply. My change of heart is not because of the college but because it was my parents that influenced my decision the most. they loved the school also my goals in what i wanted to do changed. I have not decided on what to do and am just musing at this point. if you early decision to a college then gap year are you still bound my that legal agreement or free to apply again? i do not want to dissapoint people or break this agreement which is why i am just musing, but i do think that it will be best for my happiness. sorry for the grammar
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  • covidclassof2020covidclassof2020 4 replies1 threads New Member
    finances also changed but i may take out loans idk
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  • covidclassof2020covidclassof2020 4 replies1 threads New Member
    to answer other questions- I will probably volunteer during gap year or work to save money while getting experience. I want a different location in a college too.
    My testing is awful but I do not know if colleges will allow the class of 2020 to go test optional. do you think they will or should I retake?
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  • bbyakultbbyakult 2 replies0 threads New Member
    I am in the exact same situation so please don't stress too much! You are not alone. I committed to a top school because my parents wanted me to attend. After that, I realized that I wanted to switch my major and attend a different college. After a lot of thinking, I decided to withdraw my admission and take a gap year. Right now, I feel worried for the future, but I'm a lot happier. The colleges I'll be applying are gonna be test optional (UCs). Trust your gut and follow your heart. You can use your gap year to improve your mental health and feel more ready for college.
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  • covidclassof2020covidclassof2020 4 replies1 threads New Member
    Thank you that does ease my stress a lot! when you withdrew your admission, did you still have a spot for 2025 in the college you first committed to? I am worried about not having a space in the college I committed too because I could then not get into any at all if i reapply.
    Also did you also ed, or do you think that my situation is different because of that?
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 43103 replies470 threads Senior Member
    Many colleges are going test optional next year.
    BUT.... colleges are still likely to award merit scholarships based on test scores.
    So, there'll be a need to test at some point in the Fall - and if the SAT/ACT want to
    survive, they need to quickly move to online/at home testing. [The ACT was already
    online abroad, but in a test center with a monitor.]
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 9830 replies110 threads Senior Member
    Some schools have told students that they won’t hold their spots. You need to be sure about your school’s policy.

    Personally I would be worried if my child was applying next cycle. Too many unknowns.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 43103 replies470 threads Senior Member
    I'd advise that you inform your ED school about the change in financial circumstances so that, if push comes to shove, you can afford to attend. If they become unaffordable, you're no longer bound by your ED agreement.
    At the same time, look at the NACAC list (there's even a thread about it on college confidential).
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  • nerdraptornerdraptor 5 replies0 threads New Member
    What you do with a gap year matters a ton if you re-apply. I have some classmates who did gap year, and they interned or traveled and had a good time. Gap year spent on the couch probably puts you worse off. Worth thinking about the how coronavirus would affect your typical gap year things like travel, working, volunteering, etc.
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