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Saturday, April 17, 2021

As a Ph.D. student, sharing my perspective on social media felt scary—but it’s worth it | Working Life - Science Magazine

Suhas Eswarappa Prameela, Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland explains, It was a beautiful August day, and I was on a socially distanced hike with friends along the Appalachian Trail. But instead of enjoying the scenery, I was distracted by my phone. 

Photo: Robert Neubecker

It kept buzzing in my pocket as hundreds of Twitter notifications flooded in. I had been on Twitter for about a year, mainly tweeting about science. I enjoyed it, but none of my tweets ever got much traction—until that day. I was excited—and nervous. Was I ready to be Twitter famous?...

But seeing people from across academia retweeting me and agreeing with my point shifted my mindset. Maybe I do have something to offer.

Since then, I have been regularly tweeting about my experiences as a Ph.D. student, including navigating authorship conflicts, maintaining work-life balance, mentoring undergraduate students, giving presentations, writing, and more. Some tweets inspire a lot of responses, others fewer. Regardless, I’ve found that I enjoy offering my perspective. I am not an expert on academic life, but I’ve learned that I don’t need to pretend to be. Sharing my experiences is still useful and rewarding... they benefited from my posts and the discussions they spurred, which reinforced my motivation to keep at it.

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Source: Science Magazine