A window inside life at Augustana College

Hello, my name is Victoria Cartland and I am currently a senior (eeeek!) at Augustana College (the one in Rock Island, IL). I’m from Watertown, Minnesota, which is a small town about an hour west of the Twin Cities; however, I graduated from Coon Rapids High School.
I’m majoring in political science and sociology with a concentration in social welfare, and I’m minoring in women and gender studies; if I could I would add a major in Pinterest and Tumblr. Outside of class and extracurriculars, I like to be crafty, watch documentaries on Netflix, and use my sewing machine.
I spent part of my sophomore year and all of my junior year as a CA for the TLAs on campus, and was previously involved in the Residence Hall Association. I’m a member of both the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity and the Chi Omega Gamma sorority. My favorite building on campus is Old Main and when I grow up I WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
If you have any questions feel free to comment or send me an e-mail (victoriacartland11@augustana.edu).

Senior Year: Winter Term

This is my last term at Augustana. In just 13.5 weeks, or 96 days, I will be officially graduated from Augustana College. I can’t believe how fast time has flown by; sometimes it seems like just yesterday that I was trekking back to the third floor of Erickson after a long day of classes and swim […]

Topic of the blog

Since I will be in Brazil for the next 5 weeks I was asked to blog for the Augie Globalog. This is where students who are studying abroad update people on their travels. Since I’m also keeping my own personal blog I’ve decided that this blog will be dedicated more to updates about my senior […]

Internship possibility!

A few weeks back I found a doula internship in Minneapolis. The page didn’t have a lot of details but I bookmarked it for future reference. Well last week when I got on a streak with doula work I sent the director an email asking for details. Up until yesterday I had forgotten about the […]

Doula: a woman who serves

I was recently at a funeral with people whom I had not seen since I was in high school so there was a lot of catching up to do. I can’t tell you how many times I had the following conversation: Where are you studying? Augustana just across the river in Rock Island (the funeral […]


Exactly one week from now I will be in Brazil! Maybe I will be walking on the beach or maybe I will be snug in my bed. Either way I will be in Rio de Janeiro getting ready to begin the international portion of my study abroad trip through Augustana! I will do everything I […]


“College is the best time of your life. When else are your parents going to spend several thousand dollars a year just for you to go to a strange town and get drunk every night?”  ― David Wood “I imagine that one of the biggest troubles with colleges is there are too many distractions, too much […]

Here’s to the start of Week 3

Tomorrow starts Week 3. That means that of the 20 weeks of class I have at Augie this year, I have completed 1/10. I just looked at my countdown that I have and my official graduation date is 168 days away. I leave for Brazil in 25 days. Surprisingly, I’m not feeling that stressed. At […]

Wait what….I’m a senior?!?!

Fun fact: I’ve actually spent more time living at Augustana than I have living in my current home in Minnesota. Just before I graduated from high school my mother, brother, and I moved from Ham Lake, MN to Watertown, MN. I spent 2.5 months living in Watertown before moving to Augie. After my freshman year […]

Nobody has it all together and nobody can have it all

I’ve spent most of the summer trying to figure out where I will be in 6-9 months. I’ve actually spent most of the last 6 months trying to figure that out. I love to plan things. I like to make lists of what I need to do, or buy, or who I need to talk […]

Beauty in the Darkness

Beauty in the Darkness This week I have been reminded what life is really about. I’ve also been thinking a lot about what I want to get for my next tattoo, a lotus flower, which is far down the road, but it’s always nice to dream! Anyways this post connects those two things; what life […]