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

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Hi, I’m Katie. I am a kiwi neuroscientist with a love for consuming and creating content. This site is where I share my personal thoughts and the thoughts of incredible minds from around the world. PhD in Neuroscience, University of Otago.


  1. LOL! Planning a friend’s hen party – there will be pole dancing. And I’m hoping that none of the photos make it onto Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. My mom is one of my Facebook friends. I’m already cringing.

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