I was hoping to get some other perspectives on this and then see how the next few weeks are before making any stupid decisions like talking to my advisor about it. I'm in the perfect situation for applying to grad schools if I work my *** off - but I'm sick of the whole thing. Only I don't know if it's burnout or if grad school & physics really just isn't right for me. Here is my situation: This is my last year of undergrad. I've signed up for PGRE's, have been looking at schools, and have some excellent opportunities & a really really good recommendation letter. I am completely overworked. I can't take more than Friday night off without paying for it later (last week I didn't even have time for that). I don't have enough time to study for the PGRE's if I also want to not burn out/get enough sleep. This semester, I am *only now* just continuing my summer research, putting in 6 hours a week. The professor is pushing for me to work, because if my results are right we can publish them. He also said it was my job to convince him I wanted to do research in grad school when I mentioned spending my spare time on the PGRE's instead of research. And I've told him about being overworked. Here is my problem: After taking two months off from research, I don't want to work on it anymore! I want to just walk away, even though I know I won't - I need the research to graduate! I really liked working on it over the summer... but I think it was the research environment that I liked, not the topic. And also a combination of pride in my work, ambition, and enjoying getting it to work. (The prof I'm working under thinks I love it or something, because of the amount of work I put in over the summer.) I am jealous of the engineers I see working on fun, cool projects, and then actually having afternoons and weekends off. I am contemplating applying to programming jobs after graduation - or trying to get an internship for the summer and next year, so that I get an EE degree & dual major. In my spare time I read stuff on computers and math, not physics. But I'm wondering if this is just me getting burned out - I do like the research environment, even if I don't like what I am actually working on. I don't want to throw away these opportunities. I don't want to throw away the huge amounts of work I've put into this. But I have no idea what area I'm going to graduate school for - the whole thing is a gamble. And I don't have the time to really explore. Has anyone else here gone through anything similar?