I am a junior in college studying physics, math, and computer science who has been heavily involved in research, year round, for the past 2 years and have already started taking graduate classes. I feel like before I start a phd program I would really like a year or two off. How do professors and admission committees in math and natural science programs look at people who have a small break in between? I would really like to participate in one of the teaching programs that recruit STEM students to teach in high need schools for a few years. I think it would be very beneficial to have time off to digest all that I have learned over the years, recuperate, and have a little time to focus on other things. I understand that taking this break would mean stopping research for a few years and falling "behind" , and that there is a huge amount of amazing math and science undergrads that go straight to phd programs after undergrad. I still plan to watch online lectures and read advanced material so that I can continue to challenge myself, and since I would be teaching math or science, I wouldn't be taking too far a leap away. Hoping to get some opinions on my circumstance and any information from people with prior experience with any of this.