Deferring Is Fine—If You Know Why You Are Doing It
If a student can articulate why they are putting off going to college, if they have a plan for how they will spend the year --it need not be elaborate, a job that allows the student to earn needed funds or simply allows time to get a better sense of why they are going, of what they want to study, is just fine--then deferring is no problem. Indeed, it can actually be a plus, evidence of a thoughtful approach to one’s education and not simply a case of going to college because it is the expected next step. However, if there is no plan in place, it may be more problematic, viewed as lack of focus or an aimlessness that does not necessarily bode well for future college success. Ultimately, it is OK, but know why you are doing it and be able to say so.