Monday, 15 August 2011

10 Reasons Why Doing a PhD is Awesome

1. Legitimate excuse to sit around discussing ideas
2. You get to research an area you're actually interested in
3. The expectation that you will travel to international conferences (often with the uni paying - woohoo!)
4. It's largely your own schedule (can choose when experiments are, when to tutor, when to get up even, when to work from home)
5. Funding: scholarships, research costs, travel
6. You're still considered an apprentice so you're not expected to know everything yet (phew).
7. Don't have to leave uni and be a grown up
8. Nobody cares (well I don't think anyway) if you wear comfy clothes every day
9. Everyone else in the PhD programme is just as nerdy as you so it becomes normal - you get to realise nerdiness can be cool
10. At the end you get to be called 'Dr' :D



  1. Love this! Makes me smile (and want to pursue grad school after all)... :)

  2. Being a psychology PhD student sounds way better than being an archaeology PhD student. I seem to get constant comparisons to Ross from friends (who is a palaeontologist) ... pft.

    Kelly @
    Elegantly Academic

  3. @Hannah: you totally should I definitely recommend it (obviously)!

    @Kelly: aww but I like Ross! (is that just adding to how nerdy I am? haha)

  4. 7&8 are both very important! Time to get myself back to uni I think!

  5. that's it, you've sold it. I am so doing my phD.

  6. I would love to get an advanced degree, but I should probably finish my senior year of undergrad first, huh?

    PS: Love the picture... Dr. Cooper, MR. Wolowitz, Dr. Koothrappali, and Dr. Hofstadter. :D

  7. I totally love the idea of being able to discuss ideas and be at uni for a long time. le sigh, I don't think a PhD is for me though.

  8. I love that you used a Big Bang Theory picture, so perfect. I love that show--I feel like the bonus reason is you don't wanna be like Wolowitz and the only non doctor in the room, haha.

    I hadn't thought about all the benefits of PhD programs before, that's really awesome :)


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