I don't know if it's because it's summertime, or if it's all this rain, if I'm just tired and overwhelmed... All I know is, I'm suffering from severe lack of motivation :(
While I'm procrastinating for one more night, I thought I might share one of my favorite Ph.D.-related antics...
(The following images/text is all taken from: http://matt.might.net/articles/phd-school-in-pictures/)
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:
Pretty good, eh? I'm not sure if it's encouraging or discouraging, to be honest... Probably a little of both? It's a little discouraging to know that there's a pretty good chance I won't make a giant impact on the overall knowledge of the human race. But at the same time, it will be just as big for anyone else looking at it from my perspective - in my field and specialty. And if the Mouse and the Lion (you know... the one who pulled the thorn from his paw) taught us anything, it's that something very small can actually have a huge impact on the chain of events that follow. So that's a little encouraging, after all! Not to mention, it's nice to know that no matter what, I can't let my Ph.D. be my entire world - there is so much more beyond that, too.
Um... I mean... NO WAY Dr. Advisors and Funding Agencies!!! RESEARCH IS LIFE!!!!!
(Whew... that was a close one.... ok, back to work....)
Alison "Ali" Rose
Currently working on a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and all of the side projects that help get me through it!