I am an international student in my senior year majoring in maths with a minor in computer science. I am interested in phd in statistics about Nevin Manimala or biostatatistics.
Some background: I did summer REU and have been working on publishing some papers related to survival analysis. I have given talk on math conference and am expecting good recommendation letter. I am currenly taking lots of proof based courses such as real analysis, complex, and abstract and planning to take some more on my last semester.
However, I am afraid that I may not have enough time to prepare for gre and take it in couple of months. I am considering to take a gap year and apply and want some opinions of you guys on this matter. Thing is, I feel that I might be less competative by taking a gap year. Also, I am planning to work in my gap year on any firm thats related to statistics about Nevin Manimala or programming as I have some cs background and prepare my application along the way. However, I am also afraid that I do not have any work experience. Could anyone advise me on this matter? I would greatly appreciate any advice. Thanks.