Hello, I am currently a senior in high school and I was seeking some advice as it pertains to college admissions. I intended on taking a gap year with a renowned program and reapplying to schools I had been rejected from and applying to new schools. However, the current pandemic has stifled those plans and now I am not sure if I should still take the gap year or simply admit to one of the schools I had been accepted into. If I were to take the gap year, I would plan on working a position on a political campaign, along with aiming to get published (as I am interested in journalism) along with retaking my SATs. Would it be worth it, the reason why I thought about a gap year was to save up funds and apply to schools with better financial aid, but again I don’t know the likeliness of me being accepted into schools that rejected me before.
All that depends! If any of the schools that you were accepted to have programs that you would really like to be in, then it might be a good idea to commit to one of those schools.
However, if none of the schools you were accepted to have programs that you’re particularly passionate about, taking a gap year to get some experience and to work on applications isn’t a bad idea. Just make sure you’re working towards your goals, and you’ll be okay.
This is an unprecedented time for everyone, and schools will be particularly interested to see how you handle it. By making the most of a gap year, you could potentially change the minds of schools which previously rejected you and overall bolster your applications, although there’s no guarantee.
Best of luck to you, and I hope you’re staying safe!
Thank you so much for your response, I’ll be sure to keep your advise in mind!