Here are some of the most common reasons for embarking on a PhD:

  • I have a diagnosable mental illness.
  • I cant get a job.
  • I cant face the real world.
  • I think it would be cool to have Dr before my name on my credit cards.
  • I seek to further my knowledge and contribute to the advancement of science in this, my chosen field.
  • I'm too ugly to be a model or an actor or a prostitute.
  • I am impressed by the example set by my television role model, and wish to follow in his/her/its footsteps.
  • Smart chicks are hot.
  • PhD? I was just looking to put my application for the lab tech job, so that I can have a salary and job security and can still wear the funky white coat.

So, if you still want to do a PhD this is a good start:

Source: http://www.nigels.com (access date 22-Jun-2005)