I have just recently started using twitter properly and I want to use it as a platform to raise awareness. At the beginning I was afraid to share my #PhD experience, you know will I get that reference, will I get a job if I am too vocal, will my voice be silenced by that group of my colleagues who made my life a hell for two years in a row, will those professors who I so much respected look down on me and judge me etc
However I didn't study all these years to end up working for a company with no ethos. I didn't remain true to myself for nothing during a hard time in my life where even my loved ones didn't think I would make it. They would say:" People in your situation don't get out of it, they are all against you" but guess what I got the damn degree, I got the damn doctorate and if people 'above' have issues with me speaking about the reality of #aca#academia then I will do my own thing. There will always be people who will listen.
Until now I still have some anxiety, trust me it was worse during my writing time. I remember I was reported 3 times at the least to the head of department even when I wasn't around uni ... I was told I was disrupting things and was not allowed to come in even when I had the right to, because it was the right thing to do, I get it that was the easiest course of action. What did those colleagues who sabotaged my experiments and did everything in their power to make me fail get, nothing! I keep on thinking to myself will I get myself in that situation again if I get a job? Will I be able to go through it etc. I guess now I know how to handle it because I spoke up when I had to.
Yes it was worth it but it wasn't all roses and flowers and there is way more to the story than just my colleagues. Ultimately, my passion for my project and my family kept me sane and very few who I now call friends
Don't be afraid to speak up, all that hard work wasn't done for nothing!