Is Gap Year a "Very Bad" Idea?

Question: So College Apps are due soon and I honestly have no idea where I want to go or what I want to be. My grade and ACT/SAT scores are very good but I was thinking of taking a year off between HS and college before applying. My mom says its a terrible idea since colleges think it's bad but I wasn't going to waste it. I was hoping to use the free time to maybe take some classes, tour some colleges, do volunteer work, Save up some money, etc. Just do something productive without the pressure of school and grades. Then I wouldn't have to rush my college apps for schools and majors I'm not even sure I want to go into. I could maybe improve my SAT and ACT scores more by taking them again. I didn't take the SAT subject tests so I could take those as well. If I make it productive, would taking a gap year before applying be a very bad idea? Thank you.

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