Write papers, analyse data, do a Ph.D, and change the world
What is the goal of science?
I think it is to discover how the world works as quickly and reliably as possible.
Many bright people have thought about how we as people, and our institutions can best serve this goal: So you can learn from them, save time, avoid horrible mistakes, and make the world a better place. It will be better because only by discovery can we act effectively, and enjoy the lasting pleasure of understanding.