My favourite aspect of the program so far has just been the people, from my cohort to my professors to the guest lecturers. Everyone is from such different backgrounds, but share an interest in and are passionate about some form of digital scholarship, and having these conversations has been a wonderful opportunity.
It has been truly amazing being at Oxford and having access to the many resources that the university has to offer, and to study a field that is so cutting-edge and unique. I've been able to interact with people doing really interesting research in all areas, and have experiences that I'll never forget.
Paper 1 has been a really informative way to learn the basic elements and best practices of digital scholarship. Being able to hear from weekly guest speakers from all different disciplines has been an amazing opportunity, and has also shown me just how exciting and creative digital scholarship can be.
I took IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) for my tech course, and gained hands-on experience with annotating archives and creating my very own manifest. I had complete freedom in choosing what I wanted to work on, and a lot of support in learning technology that was completely new to me, and is still growing and changing.
As a book nerd, the Bodleian fieldtrips have been truly incredible, and a nice way to complement the digital aspects of the degree. It's hard to conceptualize just how much knowledge is contained in the Bodleian and how unique the works are until you're standing in the book storage facility (surrounded by 14 million books in towering stacks above you!) or paging through an ancient manuscript.
The career mentor system has been a really excellent way for me to see all the different pathways that digital scholarship can be applied to. I've been able to ask any questions I want and learn from someone who has had a lot of experience, both in academic and professional capacities. This has been an invaluable resource, especially as I'm not too sure where I'd like to end up!