Annika Heijna


Hey, my name is Annika. I was born in 1995 in Oegstgeest, which is right next to Leiden. I've lived in Groningen for the past 7 years, but I have now returned to Leiden to follow the BDMS programme. I've been interested in Digital Humanities for a while, and I recently decided I wanted to try and get into publishing, so this Masters seemed a great fit.

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Study life

I have completed two bachelor programmes at the University of Groningen : Philosophy and Dutch Language and Culture, and I am still enrolled in the Philosophy Master Programme, because I haven't finished my thesis yet... I've always focused on language, logic and literature in my studies. I also - very, very briefly - studied AI in Utrecht, but it turned out that AI was a bit too 'bèta' for my tastes.

Languages I know


Unsurprisingly for someone enrolled in the BDMS programme, I spend most of my time reading. I read a lot of Dutch literature, but I´m also a big fan of fantasy and sci-fi. I played volleyball for 12 years until I moved to Groningen, where I discovered ballroom and swing dancing. I haven't been able to do a lot of dancing recently due to the whole COVID situation, however. I also like to go swimming or hiking - not running though, I hate running. Lastly, I love playing board, card and video games, so definitely hit me up if you need someone to play a game with!

Book recommendations

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
  • Anathem by Neal Stephenson
  • The Evenings by Gerard Reve
  • Ronja the Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren
(My favorite fantasy series. Will take up years of your life. Be warned.)
(My favorite sci-fi author. This title is about a monastery. A sci-fi monastery.)
(My favorite Dutch classic. For the best experience, read one chapter every day from December 21st-31st.)
(My favorite book from when I was a child.)

Knowledge and Expectations

Prior Knowledge Expectations
I have experience with C++, Python and HTML, as well as with Computational Linguistics (parsers etc.) I hope to learn more about Digital Humanities in general, and develop skills which are useful in this field of research.