A window inside life at Augustana College

Hello, my name is Victoria Cartland and I am currently a junior at Augustana College (the one in Rock Island, IL). I’m from Watertown, Minn., 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. I’m a Transitional Living Area community advisor on campus, involved in the Residence Hall Association, and part of the Chi Omega Gamma sorority. Outside of class and extracurriculars, I like to be crafty, watch documentaries on Netflix, and use my sewing machine.

No School Tomorrow

Something historical happened at Augustana tonight; class for Monday was cancelled! The last time Augie cancelled snow was because they got over a foot of snow in one night. Augie rarely cancels classes. Some people rumor it’s because we’re a Swedish school and we’re honoring our roots – this is possible considering we have a […]

Christmas has come and gone; or has it?

***This is a disclaimer that this post was meant to be published sometime around the end of December. However, I just found it sitting in my drafts, and I’d hate to let a good post about my favorite holiday go to waste… While some of you may have wrapped up the Christmas holiday, my family […]

Putting it off

I haven’t posted in forever, but it’s all for good reason. There are so many things that have happened since we got back to school two weeks ago. I was offered a coaching position with the swim club that I lifeguard for! This means that now I need to budget my time for working 10+ hours […]

Advice: Switch up where you study

Sometimes it can be hard to do homework in your room. You get too comfy. You get distracted. There are people around. There’s your bed in the corner begging for you to come back to it. For this reason I’ve recently started doing my homework in places other than my lovely Arbaugh apartment. Places I’ve […]

Mornings are hard. Listen to white noise.

It takes me roughly 75 minutes to be a fully functioning human-being in the morning and this is not because I take that long to get ready. Fact: I can be from bed to out the door with a “real” outfit on (dress, tights, boots, sweater), with my hair “done” (messy braid or bun) and […]

Dear mom, Please answer your phone when I call. Love, Victoria

So I’m a mama’s girl, and this probably not a surprise to anyone. I grew up in a single parent household and while sometimes I was absolutely terrible to my mother, I still love her like no other. She is honestly one of the best people I know. She is strong, and giving , and […]

Lady Gaga Music Video Marathon

All I wanted to do yesterday was listen to the song “Judas” by Lady Gaga, but I couldn’t get my internet to work in the library so I was out of luck until I got back to my apartment. Then I went a little overload. I not only watched the music video for “Judas” but […]

Hooray for “baby” blog posts!

Ahhh there are so many little things I want to write about right now. First would be that yesterday I had a Lady Gaga music video marathon. It was bizarre. Second is how much I love my mom, even if she doesn’t answer my calls. Third is how hard it can be to get a […]

Lessons Learned – “Let there be peace on Earth”

I’ll just start this post with a disclaimer: This post is a little long. And it starts off slightly pessimistic, with a discussion of various health issues, but it ends on a good note (: Today I was having a terrible day. I have a back condition called degenerative disk disease. This means that the […]

My Professors are Cooler than Yours

As we get ready to return to school after our short Thanksgiving Break, I figured that I share one of the things that I am really thankful for. I am thankful that I get to go to an amazing small school where the professors really care about their students. One of the reasons that I […]