A desk with a pair of spectacles and a pen on top of a notebook, in front of a laptop computer.
A desk with a pair of spectacles and a pen on top of a notebook, in front of a laptop computer.
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“I don’t know why anyone would do a PhD”, an old friend told me yesterday, shortly after I shared with him my PhD-related life updates. “I don’t know either”, I replied, and we both laughed.

Many people, including my friend, think of a PhD as a gruelling way to spend 3+ years studying in extreme depth a topic which may seem insignificant and boring to most.

But that exchange got me thinking, why would anyone do a PhD? Why did I choose to undertake one? What reasons do I have for not quitting? Et voilà — this article was born.

Rafaella Antoniou

PhD student and EU Horizon-funded research assistant. I love to write about academia and life.

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