Nandi Bollen

A Brief Introduction

Yup, that's me. You're probably wondering how I got into this html fileā€¦
Pictured above: Me.


Hey! I'm Nandi, a Dutch South African born in 1994, in Lephalale, South Africa. I have lived in the Netherlands off and on since 2009, so I have sufficiently gotten to know my roots. I graduated in March 2021 from Leiden University with a BA in English Language and Culture, much to the amusement of my primarily engineering focused family. I grew up speaking Afrikaans and English, and learnt Dutch in my teenage years. I currently live in the Hague.

Quickfire Facts

Spoken Languages: English, Dutch, Afrikaans, and a smidgen of Italian.
Age: 27 years old.
Pets Yes. Five rats.
Interests Far too many.


I moved to the Netherlands in 2009, and finished high school here in 2013 with a HAVO diploma in Economy and History. I then studied Japanese in Maastricht for a year, switched to ICT at HZ University of Applied Sciences , where I got my propedeutic diploma, then worked for a few years in South Africa. After I had saved up some money to fund more studies, I moved back to the Netherlands and finally pursued a BA in English Language and Culture at Leiden University, which I graduated from in 2021. That brings us to the current day. I enrolled in BDMS as its combination of book history and digital technologies in the Digital Humanities appealed to both my education in the humanities as well as my technical interests.

My prior knowledge, and expectations for this course

Prior Knowledge HTML, CSS, Javascript, and very basic SQL and Python.
My Expectations I believe that I will learn more about data management in Digital Humanities, and I hope that I will develop skills that will be useful in digital media.



Harlan Ellison
~ If you enjoy feeling bleak about the present and the future, and spend your nights and days trapped in existential dread, Ellison might be just right for you. I particularly recommend first reading his short story "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream", then playing the point-and-click video game of the same name, which he co-designed despite his reservations about the relatively new medium.
Terry Pratchett
~ I may be preaching to the choir here, but Sir Terry Pratchett will always be my go-to recommendation. Snappy dialogue, fantastical concepts and an endearingly honest echoing of real world societies. I also find his works to be the best kind of literature to read if you have trouble getting back into the groove of reading books.
Nnedi Okorafor
~ If you are interested in Afrofuturistic science fiction, or Africanfuturism as Okorafor refers to it, this author is definitely a fantastic starting point. I find her ability to intergrate a diversity of viewpoints and cultures to be of particular enjoyment. She also did quite a few Marvel comics, mainly centering on Wakandan stories, if you are interested in comic books, though I have not read those yet myself.

My Brood

I am slowly but surely becoming a crazy rat lady, and one day my brood will take over the world. For now, however, here are a few of the best pictures I could find of my rats. They are Amos, Lunye, Dusk, Zenith and Faenor.