So I have just graduated college and am taking a job in genetics research at Rockefeller University (woohoo!). Of course I am pretty nervous about it, and am still a little ambivalent. I had wanted to relax for a little while, maybe see some of the world, before I made any major moves in getting on a career track. I am worried that if I start this job now, I will HAVE to go to grad school immediately afterwards and will never have a chance to travel to the places I have always wanted to go. In addition to that, I just feel that at 22 years old, I still have that freedom to make those choices. I know that at 30 I am going to want to be career-focused, and won't have such freedom. Ultimately my goal is to go to grad school for something neuroscience related, and my job is essentially in neurogenetics, as I will be studying the genetics of autism. In addition to this, my GPA wasn't all that great (3.1), so this Rockefeller RA position, which will be at least 2 years, is pretty much what I need to pull myself out of that hole (of course along with solid GRE's). In other words, it is very very very hard to turn this job down, as I need to make money, and I may not have many other job offers like this, at least not from places like Rockefeller. So here is my plan-I would like to work my ass off for 2-3 years in this job at Rockefeller, then apply to grad programs, get accepted, then defer a year and travel. Then when I get back, I start grad school and never look back on my way to becoming a neuroscientist! I'm afraid that some programs might look down upon that though, even with good recommendations from my RA job. So, how do graduate programs admissions people view a person who took a year off to travel before going to grad school? Could I apply and then defer a year to travel?