I found this is my drafts from 2014, and thought it was worth sharing.
Some of you might be thinking, “Why a PhD?” You may be reminded of headlines in the news that deter such a pursuit (“12 reasons not to get a PhD” and “The Future of the Ph.D.”). Besides, according to a recent article from Peterson’s, it is not for everyone. “It’s estimated that only about 1 percent of the U.S. population has a Ph.D” (“Ph.D. Programs Are Rigorous…”).
There is not a single answer to “Why?” It is more than a goal, it’s a calling.
I have to try.
If you have ever challenged yourself to do something good for yourself and others, you know what I mean. You know that whatever you are about to change is not going to be easy. In fact, you know that it will be easier to give up or not try at all. But it is that drive that urges you to try anyways.
I see this happen every day in my classes (this is a good time to mention that I am a college professor). I teach public speaking courses–the most feared college requirement. Most of my students start the semester dreading the course. They are concerned with all the bad things that might happen. But there is nothing for inspirational than the moment a student decides to trudge through their fears and begin to see for themselves that the skills they are about to learn are going to change their lives.