Check out the ongoing twitter hashtag about why people did, or are doing, a PhD. Some examples below. It appears that the hashtag was started by Miriam Goldstein, a marine biologist & science communicator working in policy (@)(http://www.miriamgoldstein.info).
Tweet @CauseScience1 and @MiriamGoldste to tell us why you did a PhD, or why you are doing a PhD.
#whyididaphd: Because I wanted to do cool stuff while wearing jeans, & be the first Dr. in my family. (Not the most concrete career goals!)—
Miriam Goldstein (@MiriamGoldste) September 30, 2014
SPOO-HOO-HOOKY Owl (@leon_summer) October 02, 2014
i like science. #whyididaphd—
Michael Hendricks (@MHendr1cks) October 02, 2014
I believe that knowing more about the brain and how mental illnesses develop will lead to better diagnosis and treatments. #whyididaphd—
Katie (@katiesci) October 02, 2014
Because I am passionate about science and cannot imagine myself doing other than that #whyididaphd—
Doctor PMS (@Doctor_PMS) October 02, 2014
Because I wanted to change the world, somehow make it better. So far, it hasn't worked. But I remain egotisically optimistic. #whyididaphd—
Sci Curious (@scicurious) October 01, 2014
CauseScience Blog (@CauseScience1) October 02, 2014