If a gap year is on your radar screen, consider these potential ideas about how to spend the year. https://insights.collegeconfidential.com/covid-19-gap-year-ideas
If your college, if you are in to one, permits it, this year is an opportunity to grow personally through a GAP year experience. Everyone doesn’t need to take the same path and adding experiences to your path just gives you the opportunity to learn more about yourself, about options and to mature.
Outward Bound offers semester courses which are way cool and facilitate personal growth in very Covid sheltered conditions. Some OB semester courses even offer college credits though I don’t know what is going on this year with Covid. Having an Outward Bound course under one’s belt has an amazing impact on your confidence, courage and attitude. Highly recommend.