Hello! I'm an incoming High School senior.
In the Summer of 2021, I already am planning on traveling and living in Asia. However, as the pandemic has gotten worse, I feel like I want to take a gap year abroad, if not semester. As I look to apply for colleges this year, I am not knowledgeable about possible deferrals and how they work as I no longer have access to my school counselors.
A common practice is to withdraw from classes on day one, but I preferably still be in Asia at that time. I am doing my college applications as normal, and I am likely to be accepted into several UCs with my grades. Should I accept the admission and try to defer to little success, or should I not accept it and commit to an entire year off?
I plan to be living in Korea under a university or private school language study program, and I believe it will be a beneficial gap year as I hope to apply for Linguistics as apart of my dual-major. So no worries that it'll seem like a year where nothing has happened. I'm just not certain if this gap should be just a semester or an entire year (the program offers both).
Can I reapply for the UC if I reject the admission? Will that be shown/Possibly affect next years admission?
Is it possible to deliberately apply to the Spring semester at UCB?
Between a gap year and semester, which would you recommend?
[1480 SAT (was only able to take once due to COVID)]
[4-5s on all my APS]
[4.0 Unweighted/4.4 Weighted]
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[Target schools: UCLA, UCB, UCI]