It sounds like you’re in it for the right reasons. After your undergrad years, you’ll likely devote the next 5+ years of your life conducting extensive research & specialized training in your field, and with relatively little income to support yourself. You’ll miss a sizable number of years that could’ve been spent getting a more practical/applicable job; making money that could’ve been invested toward your retirement, donated to charity, or used toward rent or buying a home.
That said, a PhD will certainly be crucial when applying for research grants and establishing your creditability as a scientist. So if that’s the life you want to pursue I say go for it.
Well that's certainly one of the kinder things I've seen on a bucket list.
I mean he probably has a PhD in some field, but he also seems to value his anonymity, so I won't bother asking for confirmation (or for their publications) .
Apologies! I didn't realize you meant you "over-participate" in class. Participation is definitely a good thing. I wish I were more outgoing in high school.