It’s a Long and Winding Road to a Ph.D

BreakingModern — Thinking about getting a Ph.D? It sounds amazing, doesn’t it? No job. Lots of deep thought. Hours and hours of intellectual wandering with a huge, impressive title that leads people to call you “doctor” at the end.

But the reality involves a lot more drudgery and enormous, back-breaking expense.

Consider: Tuition costs and fees have outpaced inflation rates in the last 25 years, up by more than eight times — or 440 percent. That’s rough. More than half of the 21 percent of grads in grad school are still on the parental dole. Still getting that Ph.D? Check out the infographic below and let us know what you think.

Infographic: The Long Winding Road to a Ph.D infographic courtesy of

For BMod, I’m , ABD. And if you have to ask what that acronym means, consider yourself lucky!

Cover Art: Bob Jones [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Gina Smith

Author: Gina Smith

Based everywhere, Gina Smith is the founding EIC of BreakingModern and the New York Times bestselling author of Apple founder Steve Wozniak's biography, iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It.

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