Bart and Lisa on PhD students

From The Simpsons:

About Joanne


  1. Marge says “they made a terrible life choice.”

    That’s true for those who thought a higher education in the humanities would lead to a higher paying job.

    But there are those who continue their studies for reasons beyond economic ones.

    Some people follow their bliss, as trite as that may sound.

    Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, didn’t go to college to major in engineering so he could work on spreadsheets in a cubicle at Intel.

    Making a living wasn’t a priority for him.

    As a consequence, he spent a lot of nights sleeping on friends’ sofas.

    He loved cartooning and it was more important to him than finding a steady job or owning his own place.

    Some graduate students love sea turtles and want to study their migration. Others love Elizabethan Drama.

    It turned out that Matt Groening was lucky.

    But he wasn’t wrong.

  2. Michael E. Lopez says:

    Robert Wright speaks the truth.

    I took a 94% pay cut to go to graduate school, walking away from what will no doubt be the most lucrative job I’ll ever have in order to enter a world where my highest achievable salary is probably less than half of what I was making before I came to school.

    We don’t all do it for the money.