In September, a professor I've worked with sent me an e-mail suggesting a list of graduate schools he thought I should consider.
On November 17, as I began1 working on applications, I came up hard against the question I was supposed to answer in a "statement of purpose" essay: "Why do I want to study math at this grad school?" Question led to question... "Actually, why do I want to study math at any grad school? Do I even want to go to grad school at all? What do I want out of life anyway?"( Off to a late start... )