Question: Hi, I am a current high school student in California. I studied French language and culture in France over this past summer with a home-stay program and I loved the experience. I am considering applying to a summer gap year program for current high school students to study in a French high school with a host family, something I believe I would greatly benefit from as an ardent student of French. My high school counselor supports me in this regard, but unlike most other students from my school who chose gap year study abroad programs, I do not have deferred acceptance to a university. Due to some disappointing grades during junior year and not having realized I should have replaced those grades in summer school, I can only see community college as the next step towards a bachelor's degree. I'd like to know: should I pursue acceptance into the study abroad program for next year and then return for two years at a community college with the intentions of transferring to a university (likely the University of California)? Thanks in advance.
“The Dean" can't tell if your study-abroad program would be for just next summer or for the entire school year, but it sounds like you mean the latter. Spending a gap year in France sounds like a great idea for you, as long as it's financially feasible for your family.