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