A window inside life at Augustana College

Well, hello there! My name is Lauren Anderson, and I am currently a Sophomore at Augustana College. I’m from Rockford IL and I went to Guilford High School. I am currently majoring in Communication Studies and Creative Writing. I work for Augustana Car Escort Services (ACES) where I specialize in driving around responsible students and the slightly inebriated (21 and over, of course). I love to explore new places and see something cool and unique at every location I end up at. My favorite thing to do is spend lazy Sunday’s with my friends. I hope you enjoy my blog!

College and Stages

This is you. This is me. We are in college in this hypothetical world of the “Yous”. College is a crazy time. It’s supposedly the best time in our lives. Right around the last week before finals, however, it feels more like the death of me. Now, throughout this “lengthy” year and a half that […]

1000 Awesome Things: Friends who are there for you

One of my new favorite websites to go to is called “1000 Awesome Things” and as the name may suggest, it’s a countdown of, well, 1000 awesome things in our day-to-day lives, so I thought why not take a moment and commemorate those friends who seem to always be there for you. I’m one of […]


I’m walking towards the entrance of Walmart when I first hear it, and oh dear Lord, I am frightened. Why are they here? It isn’t even Thanksgiving yet! OhGodohGodohGod. Ring-A-Ling-A-Ling  There is no way to avoid it, and to be honest, for a second, I think of forgetting the trip entirely. I mean, do I really need […]

Those Late Nights

Location: Anywhere I think my favorite nights are those ones where you look at your friends, all of you unsettled and bored, until one person finally asks what you all have been thinking: “You want to go somewhere?” Suddenly, it’s like the apocalypse broke out and everyone is desperately planning their escape route. It’s a complicated matter […]

Rock Island Brewing Company (RIBCO)

Location: The District, Rock Island Price: Any It was a sunny Tuesday afternoon when the Alpha Sigs and I decided to take a nice dinner at the infamous RIBCO located in the District of Rock Island. Now, like most Augustana students, I figured that RIBCO was nothing more than a bar meant to appease the townies […]

Arthur’s Deli

Location: On the corner of 30th Street and Black Hawk Rd. Price: $2 – infinite dollars. There are many things much too beautiful in the world to describe. One of those places? Arthur’s Garden Deli. I’ve made it a hobby of mine to bring friends and family there whenever they come into town. Arthur’s is a […]

The Sky Bridge

Location: River Drive, Davenport, IA Price: Free Perhaps one of the most popular, well known Quad City treats for us Augie students is the illustrious Sky Bridge located right across the Centennial Bridge into Davenport. It’s sort of a surprise that such a place would be considered some big destination to get to, and for me to […]