I'm in the middle of the stressful process of preparing for the GRE and preparing grad school applications. However, as it stands, I will have been an undergrad for 6 years after next spring when I graduate. I did an REU last summer, which was an amazing experience, but a ton of work. And I took summer classes the summer before that. So I've been going almost nonstop the last two years, and I'm starting to lose sight of my real reasons for wanting to go to grad school. So I've played with the idea of only applying to my top 3 schools and perhaps one safety school this fall. The idea is that if I get into one of my top 3, then I'll go. If not, I'll likely take the year off and work towards improving my GRE scores, enjoy life, and re-energize before committing another 6 years of my life to school. Does anyone have any opinions or experience with this?