A window inside life at Augustana College

Though my name is Rukmini, hardly anyone can say it right, so people generally call me Ruki. I’m from Hoffman Estates, IL, in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, though I only moved there three years ago from India. I’m planning on a Creative Writing major, with major or minor in Theatre Arts, and I’m interested in Sociology too so we’ll see where that goes. I love reading and writing, and I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter series and the Inheritance Cycle. At Augie, I’m part of the Quidditch team, Prose Board for SAGA (the literary magazine), After Hours (the creative writing group on campus) and SAFARII (an immigration and refugee awareness group on campus).

On the Benefits of Theater

I’ve been doing theater since eighth grade. I spent most of my high school years hidden away in our auditorium rehearsing, building sets, stage managing, assisting the directors or some combination of the two. In the winter, I used to go weeks without seeing the sun–reaching school before the sun rose and leaving after it […]

Wrapping Up Fall Term

  Wait, it’s over already? I know, that’s how I feel too. The reason that I’ve been so absent not just from this blog, but my personal blog too, is because I’ve been too busy doing interviews. I’m kidding. Well, kind of. My last blog post got picked up by the Rock Island Argus, and then Augie’s […]

My Life’s Work (at Augie)

I’ve written about my jobs before, both at the Reading/Writing Center and at Special Collections. But I’ve never actually talked much about what I do. My life’s work (well, my life at Augie, at least) in Special Collections is (hopefully) drawing to an end soon. For two years, three when I graduate at the end […]

SIs, Capstones, Rent, Oh My…

It’s been a while–a long, long while–since I posted, but hey, I have an excuse. I studied abroad in Amsterdam last spring, enjoying the views from my tiny room on a houseboat and riding around the city and its surrounding areas on my trusty purple bicycle. I was home for a month and then it […]

Who Needs Sleep Anyway?

   Last year, a friend told me, “You know, I heard that you can only have two of the three at college: good grades, a social life or sleep.” The further you get in your college career, the more you’ll realize how true this is. For the last couple of years, I mostly chose good […]

Winter Tips

We’ve had a lot of posts about Christmas at Augustana and just plain Christmas, so I figured I’d stick with the theme and give you a few tips about surviving winter on this relatively large campus. 1) Bundle up. A lot. I mean it. A friend told me this last winter: “You see the people […]

Jackman’s Jacket

Yes, the Jackman in my title would be Hugh Jackman. And yes, something that Hugh Jackman wore is at Augustana. I’m generally not a fan of those who fangirl (or boy)–think “Oh my god, he walked over this ground, so, by the transitive property, his bare feet touched it!”–but I do think it’s pretty cool […]

Kooky Turkey

Since my family’s mostly vegetarian, and mostly Indian, my Thanksgiving usually involves rasmalai as well as pumpkin pie, and absolutely no turkey. I love seeing my family (with the exciting addition of 11-month-old twins this year!), but I’d never had an American Thanksgiving until last year… with Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honors society. […]

Wrapping Up Fall Term

The last few weeks of fall term were pretty crazy. Regular end-of-term madness, but I’ve written enough about being busy. So I thought I’d jot down a few random thoughts about the end of the term. 1) ETU: Electric Theatre Unplugged One of ETU’s shows last year was called “You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Us” […]

A visit to the Augustana Choir

In between reading about Native American two-spirits, catching a few minutes of preseason Chicago Bulls action (from Rio de Janeiro, no less) and flying around on a broomstick these last two weeks, I went to visit one of our choirs. The only place I sing is in the shower and my shower isn’t in Larson […]