Being a student again (it’s been a very long time!) has been a great experience. I’ve learned a lot and have some new things to think about for when I return to Saint Mary’s.
Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve gained from the first semester:
- a better understanding of and appreciation for the scope and methods of the digital humanities
- an introductory understanding of computing (not just as an end user)
- an introduction to some of the potential legal issues surrounding digital work
I’ve also had the chance to rekindle a desire to read more of the works of Vacláv Havel, who warranted passing mention in my dissertation. Though I haven’t yet decided whether I’ll actually follow up on that desire — and if so, what I’ll do with the fruits of my reading — I’m grateful that the interest has been stirred up again. I’m also glad that I can easily imagine ways to bring DH methods to bear on the study of Havel’s works.
Time will tell what the second semester brings. . .
If you’ve had a sabbatical, what was your experience of it? Did it rekindle any forgotten interests, or generate some new ones?