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    I'm a November birthday so already fairly old for my year. I'm thinking of taking a gap year, but I'm worried that if I take a gap year, then when I go to uni I'll be nearly 20 when other freshers could have just turned 18. Won't this be weird being 2 years older than everyone else?
    Also, if anyone has any experience of this, is it hard watching all your friends go to uni while you do a gap year.

    It's not that weird. When I went to uni, I don't think that the course I was on, there were that many who were 18. I think many were nearer 20+.

    Unless you have a good network that will remain around where you live (not be off at university or elsewhere), a clear idea of why you are taking the gap year, plus activities that will occupy a reasonable amount of your time then you should ask yourself how you may achieve these things before opting for a gap year.

    There's no problem with a gap year, or in terms of age, as long as you take the step to make sure that it is productive and enjoyable. There are lots of great reasons for taking a gap year (just make sure you plan ahead a bit to maximise the benefit)!

    Forget the age difference. I spent 2 years at college with people that were 2 years younger. I'll be 21 in June, starting Uni in September. There will naturally be a lot of 18/19 year olds with me. Equally there will be a bunch of people older.

    If you want to take a gap year then go for it. Be prepared that you may need to explain and justify why you did it to a university or future employer so make sure you have something to show for it. There's nothing wrong if that something was just travelling round Europe enjoying other countries. Or if you spent time on a personal project. Or whatever. Just be prepared for someone to ask why and what effect it had.
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