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).

The Vagina Monologues

Yes, you read the title of this post right–The Vagina Monologues. What on earth are they, you might be wondering… Well, here I am to enlighten you. A woman named Eve Ensler interviewed a lot of other women about their feelings about their, well… vaginas. And then wrote a series of monologues about, well… vaginas. […]

Three weeks, three papers, oh my!

Before this term, I’ve never had to focus on more than one major paper at a time. It always just happened (luckily, I suppose) that only one of my classes assigned a paper as a midterm or a final. One paper, even it’s 8-10 pages, is quite manageable. This term, I have three due at […]

On Canceled Classes

This past week, I’ve had three 8:30 classes canceled and one more that lasted only 15 minutes. So, it’s been a pretty good week. Now, I like my professors and I like my classes, so it’s not like I’m thinking “Yay! I don’t have to go and hear about British Literature or Social Theory for […]

Christmas in January? Why not?

No posts since November? I’ve been slacking! In my defense, though, four classes, two papers and lots and lots of reading did help… But anyway, I’m back, and though this might not be very topical at the moment, I’d like to write about Christmas time at Augustana. The first five weeks of winter term are […]

What Happens on the First Floor of the Library?

I’ve realized, more and more, that one thing I really want to do with this blog is talk about places, people and aspects of campus that the general population doesn’t really know much about. The things you don’t see on your Admissions tours. One of the best-kept secrets (for me, at least) about Augustana was […]

1.5 Weeks to Go!

So, it’s week 9 and I haven’t been home since the start of term. I live three-and-a-half hours’ drive away in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, so going home just for a weekend isn’t really an option. I’d prefer not to have to spend eight hours in a bus and then another two in a […]

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 […]