(Original post by mli18)
Thanks so much for the encouraging post!
i'm still pondering over uni apps right now i'll see what offers i can get. although i'm okay with taking a gap year and reapplying to the top uk schools my parents are quite against the idea of me wasting a year doing nothing. =/ sighh. you made me feel much better about my situation though, thanks! ^_^
i understand where ur parents are coming from. its indeed quite frustrating if u see ur peers zoom by while u waste one year. but that depends on whether u really waste. because the one year, u could fruitfully spend in on a job and learn whilst on it, or do something meaningful [volunteer work, whatever it is]. whilst in army and out of army, i worked in at least 3 diff jobs, gave tuition, learn driving, perform in piano bars, and dabbled in many interest and volunter work, and come this july,im going to cambodia for mission trip. it really depens on how u gona spend ur gap year - are u going to just waste it as your parents suggest, or are u going to spend it meaningfully?
from my personal experience, a gap year is invaluable. in the grand scheme of things, a year compared to a lifetime decision, is nothing. a year, juxtaposed against a possible lifelong career, is nothing.going to uni, choosing course, choosing a specific profession in your case i.e doctor or lawyer, is an important stage in life and has potential life changing consequence, and hence should not be taken lightly, and i know you are not. if u are very disatisfied with ur offers, especially if u cant get into dentistry. besides, i think having concrete grades now as opposed to predicted grades , and 4 H2 As no less!, will substantialy boost your chances of geting accepted into top medical schools if u want to study med, or top law schools if u wanna study law.if u want to go overseas and spend that amt of money anyway, might as well go to the best right? no point going to mediocre ones as u are not getting the bang for the buck and 2ndly, u will always regret and think of the 'if only i had waited a year and then applied for better schools..'.
from my personal experience, a gap year helps tremendously one in deciding what he genuinely wants in uni. there are nuermous guys in army who switch course while in army because as they progress in army and mature over the years they gain better insight into what htey want, including yours truly. one year, especially a year spent meaningfully, either through working or sth lidat, and talking to people out there, could really alter your perspective and help you make a better decision.
if in the end you want to become a dentist/doctor, and find a 1.5 gap year too long, then u can always apply to australia med/dentistry. the application for med/dentistry entry feb 2011 will open soon if im not wrong, and the course start date is in feb 2011, so u do not need to wait for like 1.5 years. 11 more months and off to aussie u go. and besides if u wana to study med/dentistry i would recommend aussie anyway [if u cant get into nus, that is] since its cheaper, good, and nearer to home. the cost factor is a huge plus.
i wish u the best, and hope u can get into nus law/dentistry, whichever u choose. smu law is not bad too, have a couple of frens in there with straight As. but do not fret to tread a different path or make a bold decision. if u want to study in a local uni, then by all means go ahead. but if u feel that overseas is good for u, and that u deserve better than hte offers u are having, or u are just unsure of ur path, then take a gap year. all the best.