The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.

1 Oct

Professor Matthew Might, a computer scientist at the University of Utah, reminds us to step back and take a look at the big picture when it comes to doing your Ph.D.

The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.

Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:

By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little:

 

By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more:

 

With a bachelor’s degree, you gain a specialty:

 

A master’s degree deepens that specialty:

 

Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge:

 

Once you’re at the boundary, you focus:

You push at the boundary for a few years:

 

Until one day, the boundary gives way:

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

 

Of course, the world looks different to you now:

So, don’t forget the bigger picture:

 

 

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