Since September 2021, I’ve studied more languages at once than I thought possible, touched books that pre-date the (re)founding of the Americas, and been confronted with the challenge of a program built on the ever-shifting landscape of the Digital Humanities. While I was no stranger to the field, I’ve since gained an invaluable sense of what it means to be a digital humanist.
I am a digital humanist—a human with [digital] tools, exploring what has been and what could be. I’ve learned it’s not my job to speak perfectly on every subject or comprehend all software developed in the name of higher learning. My job is to be a flexible global citizen who uses technology to explore society’s questions.
This master’s taught me that I am capable because I persevere; I am clever, not because I know everything, but because I ask questions to uncover the unknown. My previous perspective set bounds on what I could learn and contribute. Now, as my time here closes, those bounds have dissolved, gracing me with the confidence that I have the capacity to evolve, just like the Digital Humanities, and that I have the tools to conquer whatever questions come next.