My interest in the “23 Things programme”

Malo e lelei. My name is Dave Fa’avae and I am a doctoral student in Te Puna Waananga at the University of Auckland’s School of Education.

I like the “23 Things programme” because not only does it show us how to use social media tools but it also teaches us of the possible impacts of social media on our doctoral journeys.

I’d like to think that I am pretty up-to-date with technology and social media but the truth is, I’m not! Rarely do I use and engage with a variety of social media tools. Just because I use facebook and instagram on average 4 days a week, does not necessarily mean that I’m confident with social media. The level that I operate with these tools, I think is still at the basic stage.

I have just managed to create a blog and that wasn’t easy! Now here is a space that I can share about my research journey, thoughts, ideas, and concerns with other doctoral students. The first blog that I read (as part of Thing 5) was by Inez Von Weitershausen, a PhD student at the London School of Economics, talks about the PhD as being a book that you’re writing which nobody will read. Through the “ThesisWhisperer” blog, I was able to understand some of the concerns involved with the PhD journey, and gives advice on how to deal with such matters.

Have enjoyed the “Thing” tasks so far.

Malo ‘aupito.

Tu’a ‘ofa atu.


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