Noah’s End Of Year Reflection

Hello! I joined the DHAs in January of this year and over the past 5 months, I have learned so much and gotten much-needed experience working in a professional setting where more was expected of me. This has been a great experience and I am glad I got to do it with such nice people. There were a ton of things I learned with the DHAs and a lot I know I can grow from.

Firstly, learning how to communicate formally and do that well. Never in my prior work experiences did I have to connect with professors and other students. While it may be intuitive for others, I found it challenging to send formal emails and also follow up with them and keep communication strong. I got to teach a class of mostly seniors WordPress when I had only started learning how to use it a few months prior. I was extremely nervous, and although I personally thought I could have done better, according to Em I did a good job. I also learned how to communicate with my coworkers too. Throughout my time here, I worked on projects mainly with other DHAs or on projects overseen by my supervisors. I learned to ask questions whenever I got stuck instead of trying to overcome it stubbornly and to continuously check in with my team members – particularly when it came to working on the CARCAS project. The CARCAS project was what I spent most of my time working on with Erin and centered around uploading and maintaining 3D scans of various carcasses on the CARCAS website.

Screenshot of the poster-script I wrote for CARCAS using Node.js and Puppeteer running locally.

Another skill I got from working with the DHAs was how to learn new technologies quickly. Git, Conda Environments, Node Scripts, Puppeteer, DataLad, Model-Viewer and WordPress are just some of the technologies I had to learn on the fly while working with the DHAs. At first, I had a lot of trouble reading documentation, and trying to learn so many new technologies and applying them on such large projects like CARCAS. However, I got much better at it, and in my other classes like CS 347, I start to realize that part of being a great Computer Scientist is being able to learn new technologies quickly – as technology is always advancing. The skill of learning new technologies is definitely not something I have mastered yet – particularly with reading large volumes of documentation – but is something I definitely can say that I got better at; and being with the DHAs definitely made me realize the importance of it.

Finally, another skill that I can say I learned is how to manage time effectively. The work with the DHAs was very independent. We would choose a task and it was up to us to take the necessary steps to get the task done. Em or Austin never would remind me to do something at a certain time, it would all be on me. This requires a lot of self-control and responsibility to make sure I send the emails to the right people on time or take the necessary steps to get the poster script on the server by a certain date. I also had to balence working with the DHAs while taking up a lot of high level classes this term. I had to learn to say I was too busy when offered a task – which was something I used to find difficult – especially at the start of my time here where I would accept any and all tasks presented to me.

Unfortunately, with the swim season starting again next fall and me taking even more difficult classes next term, I will be making the apt decision to step back from the DHAs for the time being as I focus on my academics and the swim season. Being a DHA has been a wonderful experience that I will forever be grateful for as my first comprehensive work experience and I look forward to working with the DHAs in the future.

Goodbye for now!

Noah’s Introduction

Hello! My name is Noah and I am from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am a first-year student interested in Computer Science and Statistics as a major – pursuing a career in software engineering or data science. Aside from computers, I am also interested in History – European history in particular – and I’m also on the swim team here. This will be my first year working in Digital Humanities and I am really excited to work on projects and get to know everyone here. I like making things with computers and solving problems so I hope this position will expand on what I’ve learned in the classroom and improve my skills in the workplace.

I’m interested in data analysis and modeling. With my limited work in stats so far, it has been really interesting to show data in interesting ways and find interesting relationships that people would otherwise overlook. Aside from that, I hope to be able to understand Omeka and WordPress more and be able to make, and help other people, make awesome things.

Aside from that, I like pets and beaches, and I can’t wait to experience my first Minnesota winter. I am also a lifeguard who works at West Gym on Mondays and Tuesdays at 11am so come to West Gym at those hours! Malaysia’s really awesome so if you have any questions about there or really any other thing about Asia or cats feel free to ask me! I have 3 cats – Hiroshi, Leo, and Diana and my girlfriend has like 9 cats so I know quite a lot about them.

Cat named Putih