Digital Gardening

Recently, I came across the concept of a digital garden. As someone who’s often reading blogs, articles and various other forms of content on the Internet, I’m always interested in new ways to express ideas and thoughts. So, what is a digital garden? According to Maggie Appleton, a digital garden is a means of organisingContinue reading “Digital Gardening”

World Development Indicators – Tableau Dashboard

This is a dashboard that I’ve put together as a basic visualization exercise. The aim of the visualization was to provide simple visualisations of key health and economic trends. The indicators that I chose to focus on were GDP in 2017, Average Life Expectancy for men and women between the years 1960 and 2017, andContinue reading “World Development Indicators – Tableau Dashboard”

Interintellect Fireside Chat recap: “Reclaiming Control” Book Discussion

This is my first post in a while. Hopefully I’ll be able to write a bit more often going forward. Earlier this week, I had the privilege of being a co-host of my first Interintellect (I.I) event, alongside the talented Alex Yao, a fellow I.I member. We spoke to Amy McMillen about her debut book,Continue reading “Interintellect Fireside Chat recap: “Reclaiming Control” Book Discussion”

Connection and Community in the time of Isolation

One of the defining aspects of 2020 has been the temporary halt to everyday communities and means of connection. Almost as soon as the pandemic began and isolation began, online communities and meetups began to fill part of the void left by the lockdown. Among these sources of online community is the Interintellect(I.I), an onlineContinue reading “Connection and Community in the time of Isolation”

Sprinting and Distance Running

One of the essential skills I’ve had to (re)learn this year is time management. In particular, I’ve had to learn this in the context of preparing for exams. Despite having an undergraduate degree and having been in tertiary education for several years, I haven’t been in study programs that had exams at the end ofContinue reading “Sprinting and Distance Running”

Thinking from First Principles

An enduring topic of interest to me is the science of how we as humans learn and think. This concept, known as metacognition, has been a valuable aid to my personal development this year and earlier. Metacognition, broadly speaking, has three component parts – knowledge, regulation and experiences. Knowledge refers to what you know aboutContinue reading “Thinking from First Principles”

The Importance of Mentorship

Starting over this year in an entirely new program of study has been a daunting challenge. One of the reasons I have been able to make this unlikely move work so far has been the guidance I’ve received from a variety of mentors, particularly in a professional setting. The support and guidance I’ve received fromContinue reading “The Importance of Mentorship”

Working Hard, or Working Smart?

In this blog series so far, I’ve talked a lot about transitioning from studying education to IT and some of the challenges and difficulties that have arisen. Much of what I’ve spoken about has been the hard work it has taken to learn new skills and acclimatize to a new way of doing things. However,Continue reading “Working Hard, or Working Smart?”

Why Don’t I Talk About Politics Anymore?

Among the questions I get asked most frequently these days is “Why don’t you write about/discuss/comment on politics anymore?”, or something along those lines. The question is a fair one. Until fairly recently, I was a very keen observer of politics and current events. The old iteration of my personal blog, as well as muchContinue reading “Why Don’t I Talk About Politics Anymore?”

Learning How To Learn: Motivation, Discipline and Embracing Challenges

One of the most notable aspects of studying IT so far has been the stark contrast in how I’ve had to learn in contrast to my previous study experiences in education and Humanities subjects. Studying at a tertiary level is not a new experience for me. Having previously completed a Bachelors with Honors and madeContinue reading “Learning How To Learn: Motivation, Discipline and Embracing Challenges”