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I've decided to delay the GRE and grad school applications for a year. This is really disappointing for me but I have no choice; getting a satisfactory score on the GRE is just not going to happen right now. This will also mean I can slow down my ridiculous pace at school. 18 hours of freshman level classes was a cake walk; 18 hours of upper level classes is starting to get silly.

I still don't think the key is going to be taking more classes at this school. A poster said "... if you need to remind yourself what vector spaces are... then you aren't ready for advanced undergraduate coursework." Well, I took the Linear Algebra course, made an A, and didn't learn what vector spaces are. So I'm going to have to do it on my own.

Right now I'm taking the Analysis course I mentioned (Adv Calc), Abstact Alg, Topology, Calc 4, and non-math stuff. The math is still more lightweight than I would prefer but it has at least moved towards real math territory. We actually have to write proofs (sadly, a lot of students are having real trouble with this... they have had 2 or 3 years of paint by numbers style math and now are suddenly dropped into courses that require a little bit of sophistication and they don't know what to do).

This is all a little bewildering to me. I am not used to being unprepared. Anyway, this way I will have until November of next year to prepare for the GRE and until the following fall to prepare for grad school. Hopefully I will be able to get into a good school; I don't know how weak my undergrad stuff will look.