I had a discussion with a co-worker about people with doctoral degrees wanting others to refer to them as doctors. She said it should not matter and she was not going to call them doctors. I disagreed. She should call them doctors. Since I personally know individuals with PhDs and I started pursing my own, I want most people to call me Doctor Gibson – that has a nice ring to it. Here are 13 reasons why.
1. I earned it!
3. You would not walk into the doctor’s office and ask to speak to Mr. John Doe nor would you say “hi” Ms. Jane Doe.
4. It may inspire a young person to pursue an advance degree.
5. Because I asked you to refer to me that way
6. It matters to me.
7. So that I am reminded of my accomplishments as a well as the debt.
8. It proves that I can stay focus long enough to complete something.
9. It makes my mom proud when she hears those words.
10. It confirms some level of expertise when giving a testimony to congress.
11. I can become a principal investigator on a research grant without feeling inadequate.
12. I can pretend that I am a medical doctor.
13. I can write nonfiction books; speak at national conferences and charge a grip; and sell my books in the back of the room.
This may have exceeded 13, but I am on a role or a roll. I think that I will go cook something now. Thanks for visiting.
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