Hi everyone. So in a nutshell, I'm not sure if I want to go to grad school or not. I'll give you the rundown on my situation and you guys can tell me what you think, as you're always so good at doing . I'm a second-year undergrad at UCSB. Math major, maybe linguistics minor. No clue what I'm doing to do "when I grow up." I was near the top of my class in high school (4.4 weighted GPA), and am on a full 4-year scholarship (Regents) at UCSB, where I have a 3.86 GPA through 1 1/3 years (we're on the quarter system). I was always planning to go to grad school, just as I always assumed I'd go to college; it was, academically, the right thing to do for me. But lately I've been having second thoughts. I know I have a few years to go, but I want to be thinking about it early so I can make the right choices if necessary. First, there's the cost. I've been lucky (well, arguably it isn't luck but it sure feels like it) to have this full scholarship ($25k/year) at UCSB, and I don't think I'd be able to get as much financial aid for grad school. I know there is some out there, but it seems like I'd have to go into debt, or at least spend all the money that I'm saving up (from spare scholarship money, plus jobs) right now. I wouldn't have any family support (financially) as we are pretty poor. I hate the idea that all this money I'm saving up right now will just evaporate, or mean slightly less student loans. My grandpa (who taught at UC Davis) says they (for instance) fully financially support their grad students who need it and that I shouldn't be worrying about potential cost. Is this true? Second, from what I hear, grad school is about specifying in one exact field, and doing advanced research. This isn't something I'm sure I want to be doing. I like learning about math and all, but I don't know if I want to be researching it. I prefer the more broad education that undergraduate study seems to offer. You're supposed to establish good relationships with professors in undergrad so you can get letters of rec for grad school, and I haven't done that at all yet and don't really see it happening yet. I realize that I could be more involved if I wanted to, but I don't really have the drive to go beyond just what I'm learning in my classes (which are plenty interesting, don't get me wrong). Third, this wouldn't be the first time in my life that I've had to decide between what I feel is right for me and what I'm "supposed to do" in terms of high academic achievement. I got into Stanford and probably could have gotten full financial aid there, but I chose UCSB because it felt right for me; it's a public school, less snobby, more laid-back, easier to have fun there. And I love Santa Barbara and UCSB. To me, the grad school choice is kind of like that, even though I'm not trying to decide between different schools (yet). I'd be happy to get a good job that I enjoy, not necessarily a hugely lucrative or high-end position, which is why I'm not sure that I should go to grad school. But at the same time, I don't want to miss out, maybe grad school will turn out to be fun, not as hard as I think it will be, and rewarding/useful later in life. So if anyone has advice or experience to share, I'd like to hear it. Thanks.