Multiple Online Identities: who are you really?

Whilst some individuals are wary of revealing merely one online identity, there is much debate over having multiple. Many (including Facebook creators) believe that authenticity, which describes the genuine nature of one’s online persona, is greatly important in online networking. Others believe that we are multifaceted; which is creatively reflected when anonymity is maintained, and allows people to explore avenues when not restricted by their names or “real” identities. Anonymity permits individuals to have multiple identities whilst interacting on the web (Krotoski 2012).

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Digital Residents, Visitors and Education

Digital technology is used increasingly for a variety of purposes: social networking, recreation, marketing, research, media and learning. Theories by Prensky (2001) – although highly criticised – gave us an important framework and a typology for how individuals use technology in their day-to-day lives. The movement from “Digital Natives and Immigrants” (initially suggested by Prensky) to “Residents and Visitors” has come to light for various reasons. For example, it focusses on age-related groups rather than an individual’s skillset, and does not take into account variation within the groups (Bennett 2008). However, these frameworks are highly useful as they support learning theories, thus they can be used to implement successful and effective electronic education. (White and Conru 2011)

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MMedSc, Intro to UOSM 2008, and online identities

Being a medical student can often be physically and emotionally challenging. The STACKS of lectures and medical knowledge to keep on top of are only secondary to clinical skills (taking bloods, suturing, giving the correct oxygen therapy) and communication skills (building a good rapport with patients and families, making them as comfortable as possible, ensuring they are completely involved in their treatment). Just as important, dealing with your personal stresses and emotions (exams, tests, and encountering patients who don’t recover from illnesses and realising the psychological and social impact of disease on their lives).

I was lucky enough to get into med school straight after sixth form, but I often look around at my peers – who have done gap years or various other degrees before – and think: “Am I really old enough to be a doctor in 16 months? Am I mature enough? Do I have enough life experience?”

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My go-to dessert

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If I ever need a quick but yummy dessert for a dinner, this is my go-to cake. It takes about half an hour to an hour to make and comes from a very easy to follow recipe from BBC Good Food (decadent chocolate truffle torte). I adapted the recipe ever so slightly to involve a buttery biscuit base because the chocolate torte is very rich by itself. It’s delicious and if you love dark chocolate and a bit of coffee try it.

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Sweet sweet ackee?

So here are some of the many, many, many photos of me (+ many others) on our sweet sweet Caribbean elective last summer. We did some medicine… (more…)

New year new me…2016

Wow.

So I completely forgot about this blog until I decided to enrol in a module at my uni (University of Southampton) about online personal networking. We’re required to start up a wordpress (unless you already have one of course..).

I didn’t realise people would actually find this! So sorry I didn’t upload all of my notes for all the subjects. I found physics particularly difficult so I made the majority of my notes about it. I actually had great notes for A2 physics, gutted I didn’t upload them as they were helpful! My old physics teacher asked if he could use them in his classes as well!

I’ve decided that I probably should continue blogging… about food, dogs, and probably Medicine (yes I got into Medicine woo).

So a little about me: I’m a fourth year medic at the University of Southampton. I’m doing an intercalated Masters of Medical Science at the moment and it’s pretty great. Medicine is tough and this masters course has shown me what it’s like to truly be a normal uni student. I’ve basically taken a year out to do biomedical sciencey (+other) modules and a big research project. I got a job last semester (we don’t talk about it anymore) and I hope to get another job soon – having a little more money goes SUCH a long way, I’ve had the time to cook, bake and buy nice things with my very lovely boyfriend!

I should probably change this website a little…