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    So I am a couple of months into A2 and we are currently filling in our UCAS forms and doing our personal statements etc. I'm most likely choosing to study sports journalism or english and history. Sports journalism would require me to go away however english and history is available at home. If I'm honest I don't particularly want to go away however I would if I had to.

    Recently one of my friends has decided he is taking a gap year and it got me thinking that maybe I should consider taking a gap year in order to earn some money by working in case I do end up going away to uni. If I was taking a gap year I would apply with deferred entry. If I'm honest I feel like I do want to go to university without taking a gap year as the more I think about taking a gap year to earn some money the more it appeals to me.

    What do you guys think I should do?

    PS. Not sure if this is the right place for this post as it is my first! Thanks guys!

    I'm on my gap year now, and it is honestly a very personal decision. I took one for a couple of reasons, namely because I exceeded my offer and wanted to go to a better university, but also because I wanted to travel. Whilst I'm at uni I want to make use of the careers service there and would rather go straight into a job afterwards, so taking a year out afterwards wasn't desirable for me. I also wanted a bit of a break before going into intense studying again. To fund my travels I'm currently working a few days each week, and to make sure that my academic ability doesn't falter over the year I'm going to be learning some further A Level courses that are relevant to my degree.

    It can look good on a CV, but you have to make sure that you make good use of the time. If you don't do anything it will reflect badly upon you, so be sure to mention it in your personal statement to explain the study gap. In your instance, gaining work experience in journalism (you could try a local paper for example) would be quite useful and would strengthen your application. You have to remember, however, that a year is quite a long time to wait so you'll have to be prepared to do this whilst your friends all go to uni this year (e.g. in some ways I feel left out, but it's the best decision for me in the long run). So it's your decision and I can't advise either way. If you don't mind waiting a year longer and have a list of things to keep you busy then go for it - it can be a great experience! If you think you may struggle with this, then it will probably be best to go straight to university this year.
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