The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D

Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:
Ph.D Knowledge 1

By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little:
Ph.D Knowledge 2

By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more:
Ph.D Knowledge 3

With a bachelor’s degree, you gain a specialty:
Ph.D Knowledge 4

A master’s degree deepens that specialty:
Ph.D Knowledge 5

Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge:
Ph.D Knowledge 6

Once you’re at the boundary, you focus:
Ph.D Knowledge 7

You push at the boundary for a few years:
Ph.D Knowledge 8

Until one day, the boundary gives way:
Ph.D Knowledge 9

And, that dent you’ve made is called a Ph.D.:
Ph.D Knowledge 10

Of course, the world looks different to you now:
Ph.D Knowledge 11

So, don’t forget the bigger picture:
Ph.D Knowledge 12

Keep pushing!

Source: The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D by Matt Might.

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