I’m sitting in my room back in my hometown of Arlington, Virginia as I write this. I’ve almost completed my third year at UMW, it being officially over as soon as I can get myself to press the submit button on a final assignment. Time really does fly here, but in that time I’ve learned new things, them being not just class material, but things about myself. If I had elected not to take this digital studies class, I would have missed out on an interest I had no idea I had. In the beginning, I was a bit unnerved about having to get in coding for a website. My freshman year was rough due to the computer science classes I was taking, yet could never seem to grasp, so anything involving angle brackets and parentheses triggers a few flashbacks. Yet, instead of shying away from the task, I used a lot of personal recreation hours to get the hang of things. I really appreciate how responsive coding an HTML page is, how instant feedback can be provided on what does and doesn’t work as soon as you save and implement it. I think it would be incredibly beneficial for me to continue pursuing material of this kind, so my next project is figuring out how to make my class schedule work towards not only my major of English (Creative Writing), but also towards the Digital Studies minor. A lot of the websites I want to work and write for in the future desire their employees to understand how web content works, or how to properly check and cite web sources, and I’ve begun my own personal journey into that through this class. Over the summer, I’m going to continue to code web pages on my own time and enhance my understanding of the HTML and CSS languages and architectures. There are plenty of helpful communities and knowledge repositories out there, like Codecademy and W3 Schools, not to mention other message boards like Reddit or StackOverflow, so I’m sure I’ll be able to find help in spades.
Before I finish up, I’d also like to take a moment to thank my professor, Zach Whalen, for being a wonderful professor. DGST 101 has been one of my most positive academic experiences at Mary Washington, not due to low difficulty or small workload, but through a comfortable progression and gain of the knowledge necessary to finish these tasks. If I tried to get ahead at any time in my work and encountered a hiccup, the help received usually in the next class or two answered most of my questions. If you’re a student, and you’re wary on taking a digital studies class, I highly recommend that you do. You’ll learn so much about how new technology works and how to make use of it effectively that you’ll have a leg up on the competition when trying to sell yourself as an employee to a company, or when you start building the infrastructure for your own personal projects or organization.
To any readers I have, thanks for sticking around for these updates. I’m still planning what I want to use this WordPress site for over the summer, but I’ll make sure to drop an update on my life regularly, to keep any of you who care informed. Have a great summer, Eagles.