Now anyone who has undertaken any kind of studying will know that it’s a pretty alienating process: if you want to get good grades you have to study for hours on end, forego spontaneous events with friends if they happen to clash with your all-important schedule and even after you graduate it’s amazingly difficult to get a half-decent job.

Well in the world of social media new networks and communities are made all the time and this one in particular caught my eye. PhD Comics paints a decidedly breezier and lighthearted picture of completing a doctorate than many people would actually believe. Although the forum is a lively place where actual doctorate students can meet and greet, I particularly like the regularly updated comic strip which goes a long way to presenting doctorate students “normal”.