Blog Post: Self-Reflection

Reflect on the semester and the work you have done and write a blog post that communicates what you have specifically learned. We are particularly interested in how you feel you have improved in understanding how to use technology in your major. We would also like you to share what you have learned about history in the class.

As we’ve approached the end of this semester, I can honestly look back and say there’s so much I’ve learned from this class that I will carry with me in the future. To think that just a few months ago I barely knew how to establish an online presence and now I’ve been able to create my own website where I’ve developed my own blogs and creative projects is incredible to me. I remember being very nervous about taking this class knowing that it would very much outside my comfort zone as a biology major, and I may have honestly never taken it if I wasn’t required to as a core class. Looking back now, I’m very glad I took this class and am proud of myself for everything I’ve learned. I know I still have a long way to go and still wouldn’t say I know everything, but at least now I’m a little more comfortable with exploring digital tools to analyze date, research, and create projects that don’t conclude in your typical lengthy essays. It’s funny because history and technology have always been academic weak points for me that I told myself I would avoid at all costs, and yet I was challenged with both subjects in one course. I used to think they were very different, but now I’ve learned how they’re more so a bridge that share a remarkable connect to each other. We discussed readings from “Silencing the Past” by Trouillot, and it taught me concepts I didn’t realize before. One of the main ones is the constant theme of being able to differentiate factual information from a narrative and being able to see the difference during our research while also having an open mind. With that in mind, it is interesting to see how the world has evolved from sharing narratives on paper in journals and newspapers to now being transferred and accessible on the internet. It made me realize how easily information can be misinterpreted or altered, and that it is our job as scholars to research through all the narratives available to us to truly understand a historical event and place our best perception on what happened. This is especially important because many people’s voices have been silenced in the past, and it is our job to be able to bring their stories and experiences to light so others can also understand the significance of a historical event. Learning this truly opened my eyes to how much history has yet to uncover and silences to reveal; showing the job is never done for a historian/scholar.