The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Is there life beyond a PhD?

Perhaps it's just my fear of being pigeon-holed, (I still harbour dreams of becoming the BBC's first female football commentator, or an internationally renowned textile artist!), but recently I've been quite preoccupied with coming up with a list of celebrities and other well known people with PhDs, who are predominantly known for something else. So far I have this paltry list:

Are there any more? The finality of becoming Dr Barnes is causing me anxiety; what if I have nothing left to strive for? I need to know that there is life outside academia beyond a PhD. And, just to make things worse, I keep reading surveys that suggest that women with PhDs are more likely to remain singletons. Am I destined to become spinster of this parish? Questions, questions, questions...

4 comments:

Jeanette said...

How about Martin Luther King, Lewis Carroll and Condoleezza Rice?

If being single with a PhD concerns you, console yourself with the knowledge that single women and married men live the longest...

Amy said...

Ah - of course! At least we have one woman on the list now too. Who is also single (or at least, officially). Hmmmm - a long life without love would be very dull indeed - I've woken up in a *very* melodramatic mood this morning ;).

Catherine said...

I think John Reid's got one too - at least, Private Eye was always ribbing him for it during his jobswitching days!

And I couldn't call my PhD-holding mum a celeb, but she *is* celebrating 28 years of happy marriage this year...

Amy said...

He certainly does; I always thought it he was a medical doctor, but apparently not. And it's good to know that there is hope for us academic singletons. :)