After having been rejected from all ten of the astronomy grad schools to which I applied and even a few years before my undergrad graduation in physics and astronomy, I have gradually become disinterested in pursuing a career in science. I started out very sure I would end up as a professional physicist with a PhD. Currently, I study optical physics in an engineering grad school, but physics nor engineering simply do not excite me anymore. Have any of you had a similar experience? Was it just burnout from undergrad? My question is: What is your motivation for doing physics? Mine used to be "the utilitarian 'because physics, the noblest of the physical sciences, can help people'" or "because physics is interesting," but now I do not believe physics is humanity's savior, although it is the noblest physical science, and, as a result, physics has become less interesting to me. Classes have become just memorizing and regurgitating, and research is drudgery.