Honestly, with the pandemic and uncertainty about safety on campus with an impending second wave that may coincide with the fall flu season, no one will be able to give you a clue on how taking a gap year now will look to any admissions committee. There is certainly a lot of concern that a lot of students will opt to gap-out this year across higher education (I think the concern is a little overblown but not terrible).So I, an incoming sophomore, was planning on taking a gap year because of this COVID and possibly remote learning again next semester. I plan to work as a scribe during my year off alongside some volunteer and shadowing, to pay tuition and gain exposure. During my first year, I mostly did research and barely any volunteering. In the summer of my sophomore year, I would be doing hospice care so I don't have time to gain other clinical experiences. But recently my school intends to have in-person next semester. If I were to take this gap year, how would it look on my application? What are your opinions and suggestions?