I'm from Canada and applied to schools in Canada this year but my hopes of getting in are fading each day. So I'm applying to US schools this summer hoping to get in for Sept 2008. My question is about suggestions for what to do next year, since I will have already graduated. I'm thinking of travel or work or returning to school and taking some extra courses. If I do decide to just take some extra courses, should I take a full course load? Will not taking a full course load impact me in any negative way? I was thinking of taking 2 or 3 courses in the fall + working a lot, then travelling in the spring. For those who took time off before applying or didn't get in the first time around, what did you do with your year off??? Thanks!