Week 1 Blog

Hi everyone! My name is Lina Tambil and I am a junior year pre-dental student majoring in biology at George Mason University. I am compassionate, committed, and detail-oriented. I discovered my artistic abilities at a young age and began utilizing several different art mediums over the years, developing it into one of my hobbies. In addition to this, nearing the end of my high school career, I had the opportunity to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), where I then began working as one at an urgent care located in Fairfax, Virginia my freshman year of college. I gained a lot of experience in patient care, which required me to apply my interpersonal skills to the work that I was doing. My empathetic tendencies and my artistic skills fueled my interest in dentistry, with the hopes of one day becoming a practicing general practitioner. Before taking this class, my online presence wasn’t very significant. I have some social media accounts such as Snapchat, Tiktok, Twitter, and I just created an Instagram page this past summer, however, I’m not very active on any of them. I hope this class will be able to help me master techniques on creating a fully functional website, where I would then be able to take what I learned in class and apply it to my field of study in several different ways such as advertising future dental products or business. In addition to this, I would also like to learn about the many different ways to connect with the online community and illuminate my website creation to keep the audience engaged with the information that is being portrayed.

When I Googled myself, the first thing that came up was my old Youtube account, which hasn’t been used in a while. Google also generated websites that have the meaning of Lina in Tamil. In addition to this, images of other people who also share the same name came up, and the last name Tamil was often seen instead of what I typed up in the search engine, Tambil. On the other hand, when I looked up my name on the DuckDuckGo search engine, Facebook profiles were generated. Also, my Chantilly High School Indoor Track & Field records were on a Chantilly Sports website. Furthermore, my dad’s name came up, as well as my older sisters, on a website that provides a “people search service” which provides one with the ability to reach out to long-lost friends or family, while validating the person one chooses to rekindle with. I believe the DuckDuckGo search engine generated more specific information that related to me. Google gave broad, and some non-relatable results, however, it was still somewhat informative.

An Important statement that I agree with that Cordell brings up in his article is that the “internet-world is part of reality,” thus it’s crucial to remember that the people we connect with on different social media networks have feelings and lives of their own (Creating and Maintaining a Professional Presence Online: A Roundup and Reflection, Ryan Cordell et. al.). How one decides to portray themselves on the internet is equivalent to how one would portray themselves in society, so it’s important to portray upstanding tendencies at all times. In today’s world, especially with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, being involved with online communities not only offers a different scope of reality, but it allows one to connect with others from across the world and as Cordell stated in his article, this “matters a great deal in academia” (Creating and Maintaining a Professional Presence Online: A Roundup and Reflection, Ryan Cordell et al.). Developing a professional online presence opens new doors for those who apply themselves to the internet world. As Cordell mentioned in his article, the purpose of having an online professional presence is so that when scholars, for example, decide to look up a name, one would hope they’d “find something that piques their interest in your work and even more”(Creating and Maintaining a Professional Presence Online: A Roundup and Reflection, Ryan Cordell et al.). In addition, “building an online identity” enables one “to connect with others in ways that might otherwise have been difficult,” as O’Neil mentioned in her article titled Confronting the Myth of the ‘Digital Native’ (Confronting the Myth of the ‘Digital Native,’ Megan O’Neil). I think the best approach to take when establishing a digital identity is to communicate and get involved with other professionals that have the same interests in the field of study being pursued. That way, everyone in the online community will be able to expand on shared ideas and carry out insightful conversations. My approach compliments Cordell’s approach of actively publishing developing work in order to gain some wisdom and different perspectives. This will not only lead to the success of a project, but also it’s an opportunity for colleagues to experiment with new ideas and engage in meaningful conversations. 

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