You can use the year off to add some diversity to your application. Some suggestions:
If you’re a girl: pick up heroin habit, turn tricks for drug money, have baby with pimp (+2 if interracial AND crack baby), get into program, get clean, write diversity statement on your struggles.
If you’re a boy: pick up heroine habit, turn tricks in park with old men for drug money, cross dress for a few months, gbet into program, get clean, write diversity statement on your struggles.
If you start right now you can do all that in 12 months with a good work ethic.