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What should I do with my life?

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I know, the most dramatic and trite question.

I am currently a junior physics and math major. Physics is my primary major, and I am considering an honors degree. I have to write a senior thesis, so I have been research-shopping: I dabbled in particle physics (computational data analysis of the size of the proton) and, on the other side of the spectrum, I did an physics REU in materials science/biophysics (the rheology of nanoparticle and lipid thin films). I am about to start research for an applied science lab that works with AFM and spider silk.

I also love writing, neuroscience, and nonprofit work.

I feel like my interests are too unfocused and I am worried about what to do after college (and what I will be able to do). I don't think research interests me, and since grad school had always been my plan, that concerns me. I know a stranger can't read my mind and tell me what to do with my life, but if anyone has been in nearly the same situation that I'm in, could you tell me how you got to where you are now?
 

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I don't think research interests me, and since grad school had always been my plan, that concerns me.
Research is a big part of graduate school.

Anyways, it's okay to you change your mind. I posted threads like yours too. Also, I changed my mind several times during undergraduate. To me, it sounds like you have very good research experience. Why don't you try to seek a different type of internship over the summer? One pertaining to neuroscience or something you think you will enjoy?

I spent my entire undergraduate only doing research, I do wish I took more initiative to get internships from some type of industry.
 

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