During this time of year filled with tests and college applications, I suggest taking a step back to reflect on what it is you are truly working towards. Are you just trying to "get into college?" Or, do you have bigger dreams? (I hope you do.)
College is a tool to help you achieve your dreams; it is not an end goal by itself. What could you do besides college? I did a "gap year" and it was one of the best decisions of my life.
Instead of participating in the college application rat race like all of my peers, I spent my senior year trying to find interesting companies I could work at after graduation. During my “gap year,” I interned at an aerospace manufacturer and a robotics company. In my free time, I devoured math and physics textbooks, fortifying my passion for these subjects, which I now actively publish papers about as a researcher at MIT.
Have you considered the possibility of not going to university? There are many useful alternatives! And, according to Elon Musk, the value of a college degree is declining rapidly (watch his interviews on YouTube).
True, a “gap year” is risky compared to the traditional path, but life’s rewards usually come in proportion to the risks taken. If planned well, a “gap year” is a tremendously valuable experience, as it was for me.
Why do you want to go to university? Which better options could you create for yourself? Genuinely ask yourself these questions.