The Illustrated Guide To A Ph.D

Thank you, Matt Might, from the Business Insider Australia.  You have given me a new perspective on my almost never-ending pursuit of a PhD.  I’ve been going at this thing for over 4 years now, and often times I wonder why?  Some would say to be an “expert” in your field.  Others will have me believe it gives me more self worth, or it increases my influence in the field to land a high profile teaching position at an esteemed Higher Ed institution.  Yes, yes, yes, and yes – however, I am glad these illustrations below give another perspective and humbles me even further.

It also reminds me that, God “chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” 1 Corinthians 1:27 (NIV).  Nevertheless, as Uncle Ben (Spiderman’s uncle) would say, “With great power comes great responsibility”.

Check out Matt Might‘s illustration guide…

Every fall, I explain to a fresh batch of Ph.D. students what a Ph.D. is.  It’s hard to describe it in words.  So, I use pictures.  Read below for 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:

Find out where the PhD degree leads you at the end of your journey… Read more here: The Illustrated Guide To A Ph.D | Business Insider.


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I am a Vietnamese-Texan Who doesn’t love both Pho and BBQ? And this is where I shall start… Introductions to Kevin Nguyen. Let me go ahead and introduce myself as best I can. My “Called” Name (what you go by): Legal name: Anh-Khoa Nguyen. Nickname: Kevin. Personal family name: Khoa (qua) Nationality: Vietnamese-Texan Kevin was picked up when I was trying to order pizza from Pizza Hut while in Texas. The guy asked how to spell my name. I mean, how hard is it to spell “K – H – O – A”, right? Those are not hard letters to hear over the phone. After several attempts – I couldn’t take it anymore — “Dude, my name is Kevin”. Finally, I can have my pizza. READ MORE here...

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