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Third Star


The question I get asked most often is ‘why’
That is ‘why do a PhD’ and ‘why study that’ so at the risk of sounding like an academic paper, these questions I will attempt to address here.
Why do a PhD? Well I first remember hearing of a PhD when I was in Sixth Form and one quick cocky individual (he was, there’s no other way to put it) declared that’s what he was going to do. Well anything you can do as they say... Also learning, education is the only thing I’ve ever been really good at so as I continued to work my way through the education system it became apparent I wasn’t going to be happy until I’d gone ‘all the way’. 
Just being quite good at studying, and rather linking learning however isn’t really justification or motivation for a PhD, some of that comes from the topic which I’ll come on to, but it comes from other things too. I tried to like other careers-well I say careers, I had several temp jobs ranging from a ‘dresser’ in the theatre (best job ever, highlight dressing a mal…