I am not entirely sure what to reveal in this introductory blog-post so I will burn up some white-space with the technicalities while I think:
My name is Cole Heyn. I am an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin--Green Bay, where I am pursuing a degree in English with a minor in Education. My emphasis within my discipline is Creative Writing, and with my minor I wish to attain certification in Secondary Education. My academic goals and aspirations have been ever changing, and I'm still not entirely sure where I will end up; I am considering graduate school, but my mind is not made up (any thoughts on this?). My first true and indepth experience with the digital humanities began this semester. I have become a part of this community to explore my chosen discipline through the digital humanities and learn as much as I can.
I have thought.
The old cliché, "a needle in a hay-stack," often refers to something valuable that is lost within the grander scheme. The odd adaptation of this old cliché that I have employed as my title best describes my feelings on becoming a member of this community; I have been lurking around the groups and forums secretly "getting to know" my fellow scholars, and I am awestruck and intimidated by the caliber of folks I have encountered. It would seem that this hay-stack is chockfull of needles--sharp ones at that! You folks seem--pardon my break from the "formal"--pretty rad! As a few others have mentioned in their introductions, I also, am not entirely sure of my purpose/qualification to be here, though I am thankful for the opportunity. I feel a bit like a pin-head among all these fine needles. I do not have a whole lot of experience with the digital humanities, or, I feel at least, a whole lot to offer. But, then this may be, for me, the best possible place. I think the digital humanities are something that we as scholars can not ignore, and are useful tools with which we may utilize to educate those that come after us. So I must learn. Learn, I will. And, thank you for the opportunity to be in such an amazing community.