I looked in the AE FAQ, didn't see the answer to my question, so here goes.
I am using AE with editing video, meaning I only use AE for some basic things. This is one of those times where my lack of knowledge is driving me mad.
When I went to import a clip, AE directs me to a folder from an old project. This happened once before, and I fixed it, but can't remember what I did. Any help would be appreciated, as I hate navigating around to a new folder all the time. I am obviously doing something wrong with the preference, workflow, or both.
You're doing nothing wrong. AE will remember your new folder after you have quit and re-launched it. Ages old design flaw in the way it handles this...