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).

A Little Workshop on Paper Writing

Since it’s week 8, and everyone I know has paper(s) due this week and next, I thought I’d devote this post to a little workshop on paper writing in college. Some professors lead you by the hand more than others. In my American Lit class right now, we’ve had to turn in an annotated bibliography and a […]

The One Positive of an 8:30 Class

I’m definitely not a morning person Anyone who knows me knows that I’m like a bear with a sore head before 9 am, so I was definitely not happy about having to take an 8:30 class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. But I needed a Perspective on the Natural World. What was I supposed to do? Yesterday, however, I […]

The Curse of Internet TV

Don’t laugh, but I’ve never really watched tv shows on the internet before this year. Whenever I had time to kill, I went on Facebook or read (from a real book, for fun; yes I actually do that) or drew or something. But suddenly, this year I’ve been finding myself on Youtube and the Food […]

Learning about Love

Yes, college is a time for romantic entanglements. I haven’t had any however, and though I have a few friends who are/were in the middle of romantic upheavals, I’ll respect their privacy. So what is this post going to be about, then, you might ask. My answer: the ridiculous variety of definitions of love you find […]

Who’s up for free pie?

So I’ve written a lot about Quidditch, but I don’t think I’ve written too much about my other activities. Last spring, I pledged Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre honors society. I did a lot of theatre in high school, onstage and off, and I realized that most theatre people are the craziest, loudest, quirkiest, […]

The Not-So-Secret Minority

On college tours and these blogs, we all talk endlessly about clubs and activities, complain about classes, and talk about our friends… but no one really talks about professors. They’re kind of taken for granted. You take classes, you have professors, you complain about them and/or the homework they give you. But interacting with professors in […]

It’s a Friendly Place… I Promise!

So the big news for me this week is that I completed my first tutoring sessions. I’m a tutor at the Reading/Writing Center (2nd floor of the Tredway Library for those of you who don’t know where it is), and I tutored two amazing students on Tuesday. For obvious confidentiality reasons, I’m not going to […]

A Return to Augie

My first week of being a college sophomore is almost done (apart from three classes and Quidditch practice, because, you know, that’s how college works) and returning to campus and classes couldn’t have been more different from my arrival last year as a nervous little first-year. As I was moving into my room I met […]

Three Tips on Employment

First-years on work-study, hear my call. Have faith, keep trying and you will probably succeed in finding a job on campus. Sophomores, juniors and seniors have a much wider range of job options available to them. They know professors, they know people who will recommend them for positions. Once the jobs in the library and […]

My Life in my Pockets

One of my assignments for my class in Writing Creative Nonfiction is to keep a daily journal. I always used to think of journals as boring–I mean, who wants to hear what I did and ate and stuff? Now, I finally realize that my journal is not a list of the day’s events. It’s not […]