I applied for IR at St. Andrews and got an unconditional, but I want to apply for deferred entry. At time of application, I couldn’t apply for deferred admissions because I was an international applying through Common App. However, I have had severe mental health issues, including a recent bipolar diagnosis. I’ve heard that it’s hard to apply for a deferral, and I’m afraid that the school will view my mental health negatively if I provide it as my reason. Obviously, I would include other facets, such as my employment and internship, but how likely am I to get it especially with the pandemic? How should I explain it on the form? The only factor in my favor is that I’m paying out of pocket, not from scholarship.