Hey secander, thank you very much! I didn't want to make this thread a personal one, I'm sure that I will finish my five years degree and I will hopefully get into a nice university (most of them it's too optimistic for me
). I still think that if you take a year off you really have to do something special to improve your CV, one paper can boost your application if you have a low GRE and GPA, but if you are aiming high you should really do a lot of things during that year to make it worth it. Any other opinions?