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    So... since applying to university at the beginning of the month, I have been increasingly drawn to the prospect of taking a gap year but, I am unsure of whether or not it is a good idea, which is why I am asking you - whomever is reading this.

    More about me:
    - Year 13, studying Economics, Maths and Geography (+EPQ + Latin and Physics to AS)
    - Predictions A*A*A (a*a*a in EPQ, Latin and Physics)
    - I have applied to: Bath (from which I currently hold an offer), Cambridge, Warwick, St. Andrews and Durham; all to read Economics

    I think that I would only really want to end up studying at Warwick or Cambridge, which is why, if I get rejected, I think I may want to go on a gap year. Even if I do get accepted the idea of going on a gap year has been burgeoning ever since the thought came into my mind.

    My plans for this gap year:
    - Go to China for 1 year
    - Get an internship at a bank (through family connections) or work as an aupair - if the former does not work out
    - Learn as much Mandarin as I can during the year (I would like to go back later in life)
    - Fast track a Further Maths A level and maybe another subject
    - If I am proficient enough, do a GCSE or A level in Mandarin too (this would mean that I would end up having 4/5/6 A levels in the end)
    - Reapply through UCAS at the end of the year and hopefully get accepted!

    What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea? I would very much appreciate all of your opinions!
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    It sounds like you have really thought it out but do you think you'll able to do all of those things in the space of 1 year? If going to China is going to consist of 1 entire year you're going to have the spend the best part of the year after studying A-level maths. It's also quite a large decision to make just because of certain universities rejecting you. I am also really interested in the idea of a gap year but it can be really financial heavy and in some cases a risky decision. If I were you I'd go with your gut instinct but I am sure with those grades your unlikely to be rejected. Good luck
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    (Original post by Kingal001)
    So... since applying to university at the beginning of the month, I have been increasingly drawn to the prospect of taking a gap year but, I am unsure of whether or not it is a good idea, which is why I am asking you - whomever is reading this.

    More about me:
    - Year 13, studying Economics, Maths and Geography (+EPQ + Latin and Physics to AS)
    - Predictions A*A*A (a*a*a in EPQ, Latin and Physics)
    - I have applied to: Bath (from which I currently hold an offer), Cambridge, Warwick, St. Andrews and Durham; all to read Economics

    I think that I would only really want to end up studying at Warwick or Cambridge, which is why, if I get rejected, I think I may want to go on a gap year. Even if I do get accepted the idea of going on a gap year has been burgeoning ever since the thought came into my head.

    My plans for this gap year:
    - Go to China for 1 year
    - Get an internship at a bank (through family connections) or work as an aupair if the former does not work out
    - Learn as much Mandarin as I can during the year (I would like to back later in life)
    - Fast track a Further Maths A level and maybe another subject
    - If I am proficient enough, do a GCSE or A level in Mandarin too (this would mean that I would end up having 4/5/6 A levels in the end)
    - Reapply through UCAS at the end of the year and hopefully get accepted!

    What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea? I would very much appreciate all of your opinions!
    One small point... If you get into a university you like this year, you can ask them if you can defer rather than reapplying next year. If it's Cambridge, they would probably like to know earlier rather than later as each college only takes small numbers for each subject and they would be more affected by such a request.
 
 
 
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