Next Spring I'll be graduating at the University of Arkansas with a Double major in Math(B.S.) and Physics(B.A.). As of right now the plan is to teach high school math and/or physics in Texas. However, that isn't necessarily my ultimate goal. I would like to go to grad school and get at least a master's in Math, not really sure what my focus would be, but that's neither here nor there. Currently my (long-term) girlfriend and I have a sort of arrangement, wherein she is currently supporting me until I finish up my degree next spring, and then she will be returning to school to do what she wants to do, likely a UT-Austin, where I will support the two of us while she finishes, like 4-6 years down the road. 2 to finish a bachelor's, 2-4 for grad school/pharmacy school, whatever she decides. I'm torn, because she's working her (expletive) off so that I don't have to work. Which is great, but I really feel like research or teaching at the JuCo level is what I really want to do, and I don't know how practical it is to teach algebra to high school kids for 6 years and then expect to be accepted into a grad school, much less be successful.. So really, my question is this, have any of you all out there had that long of a gap between your undergrad and graduate studies, what was it like, and how did you do it? And I'm open to any other advice aswell.