A Lookback over Semester One

*In this series, I plan to put content up on my blog throughout the month of December. I am challenging myself to do this in order to fully flesh out what kind of content I want to create on my blog and see what I can come up with.*

Today is the first day of December and it is my second last day of lectures before the semester ends and we begin preparing for our exams. I felt it was a good time to have a look back at how this semester has gone for me and what I have learnt. I’m not going to lie, going to a University was daunting, to say the least, I knew no own on campus and spent a lot of the first few weeks trying to find my way around campus. Now, I’m not saying that I am an expert getting around campus these days, I still need to concentrate really hard in order to remember the directions to the DH Space, but I have a fair idea of where certain rooms are.

Then came the whole academic part of university life. It’s fair to say that whatever I had imagined the course to be when I began was nowhere near as intense as it became. And I couldn’t be happier with how it unfolded. Yes, there were some minor issues and whatever but that would happen anywhere. I got so much more out of this semester than I thought I would, I was challenged to think outside the box in terms of the how our society is evolving along with the modern technology. This course has made me more aware of the updates in the technology world both in Ireland and around the world.

t has also made me think about the fields of study that I want to pursue in Digital Humanities which are Social Media and Virtual Reality. What drew me to these topics was the fact that although the ideals have stayed the same the software and technology has improved greatly over the years. I also love how both of these technologies are constantly changing and are so versatile so that they can be used in a variety of ways. As I mentioned in my presentation, the world of Pop Culture is coming to life through Virtual Reality experiences which I find so exciting as a fan of pop culture. The world of Social Media is also a huge field that I hope to see evolve in the next few years as we see the changing of sites such as Youtube and Instagram.

And it isn’t just the Digital Humanities Modules that I have been excited about, I adore the computer science modules, too,  as I am interested in web design and using the internet for business. And these modules have given me an insight into that along with some other aspects of the internet which I think more people should be made aware of i.e. internet security and hacking.

So yes, I am very excited about semester 2 but just let me get through my exams in one piece!