I was wondering if deferring my graduate admission for a year would have any negative consequence for my graduate/academic career. I have actually been accepted to a few top physics programs in the US, and I have decided the school I want to attend. According to their webpage deferring the admission for a year is possible and they will be holding my position for the following year. I am very excited to study physics in this school but I feel very fatigued due to my heavy schedule as an undergraduate. Taking 6-7 courses is considered the standard program for physics majors in my school and I did some overloading with graduate courses not to mention the summer internships. I did not have much personal time for travelling or having a good rest, and I have the feeling that it may take a little bit longer than the summer vacation for these.
My questions are:
- Do I have to specify a valid reason? If I tell them that I want to take a year of to have some rest, would it be acceptable?
- Although I am very enthusiastic about studying physics, particularly in the school I will be attending, would the faculty members think otherwise about my enthusiasm? Would they have a prejudice that I will not be a good researcher taking a year for travelling and having some rest?
- Do you know people who have taken a year off? Did they have any negative experience?