Keep Pushing?

Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.

by Matt Might

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:

Keep pushing.

One thought on “Keep Pushing?

  1. My office mate and another colleague were discussing today how people could focus on such narrow topics for phd’s, and I showed them this chart. I don’t know how much they appreciated it, but I enjoyed seeing it again.

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