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Monday, August 30, 2010

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: 

Keep pushing.

Thanks to mattmight

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