I posted a while ago about how I am considering the Peace Corps between undergrad and vet school, which would require taking a total of 3 years off. Recently, I've been wondering if I'd rather volunteer for an African-based NGO (rather than the U.S. government) for about 6 months, travel for 3 to 6 months, then work a job in the U.S. while applying to vet school, taking a total of 2 years off after undergrad. My mom, who is a physician, seems to think that admissions officers will see this gap year situation as being not dedicated or unsure about my path in veterinary medicine, which is not true in the least - I feel like a gap year will allow me to do things I really want to do but won't be able to once I am in vet school or have a job (like living abroad or traveling for months at a time), and that it will help me to avoid any burnout, which I feel could be a distinct possibility after 8 years of post-high school education. What do you think? Would admissions officers see it as a pro or con that I took the time to either do Peace Corps or volunteer and travel? If you do think they'd see it as a negative, especially if I don't do a formal program like Peace Corps, do you think an explanation of my gap year decision in my personal statement/interview would be sufficient? I'm currently a junior in undergrad, so I'd be going overseas starting summer of 2010. Thanks!