At the beginning of my undergraduate career, I was almost sure I would want to apply to graduate programs in pure mathematics. However, after participating in two major research experiences and taking several high-level courses in algebra and analysis, I am no longer certain.
The idea of graduate school sounds miserable and daunting. Both of my research experiences have been somewhat unsavory. I hope I can still find time to learn about pure mathematics on my own. I just would rather not subject myself to five to six years in a mathematics graduate program.
Is it common to make such drastic change at the end of one's undergraduate career?