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).

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 […]

Staying committed in college

No, this post is not going to be about long-distance relationships. My experience in the field of long-distance relationships is limited to one friendship that has survived the five years I’ve been in the US. I know zilch about maintaining a long-distance relationship with a significant other. So you can figure that out on your […]

You Know You’re an Upperclassman When…

1) Peanut butter and jelly become two of life’s staples I have four classes in a row Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays–10 am to 3:45 pm. At the beginning of term, I bought a pack of frozen turkey burgers thinking I’d make myself a healthy lunch every day. How amusing of me… It’s ten times easier […]

Top 5 TLA perks

Since I’m a junior this year, I get to live in a TLA, a Transitional Living Area. Which is a fancy way of saying that I live in campus-owned housing that’s not a dorm. I’m living with three housemates in an apartment in Arbaugh, halfway up the slough path. Though it’s a long walk from, […]

Volunteering in the QC

I used to be one of those people… You know, those suburban people who complain bitterly about the small-town feel of the Quad Cities. There’s nothing to do here, it’s a dead town. Boo hoo. I’m so bored. Then I met some people who’ve actually lived in the area, and they very quickly corrected that notion. […]