The above photo was taken of me at a hens party a few years back by the bus driver. Yea, I was keeping it classy. Clutching my G&T in one hand and big blow-up penis in the other, looking like I am absolutely up to no good.
And I was absolutely up to no good. Don’t let the make-shift halo fool you.
This was my profile photo for a while after the bus-trip company added it to Facebook. I had never really thought too hard about my privacy status. But it turns out that many of your profile photos, even old ones, are public unless you change the settings.
A few months later. My supervisor and I were having a meeting. By this stage I am a very serious academic. I am the recipient of a prestigious scholarship, which has shifted me from student to paid research fellow. I am now a professional who is trusted with the job of researching a better future for New Zealand children. And my supervisor says to me…
“I looked up your facebook page the other day. There was a photo of you with a big penis…”
My academic life flashed before my eyes.
Paediatric research fellow disgraces School of Medicine by clutching at big penis.
A moment later, a smile crept across her face. It was a smile that said – turns out you aren’t as serious as I thought you were.
I got away with it this time – but I learned a valuable lesson. Beware of what you put out on the internet, you never know who is watching.
Oh wait – I didn’t really learn that lesson at all did I….
Much love XX