My name is Rukmini Ravi. I am a transfer student from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. I grew up in SoCal, in a college town called Claremont. I identify myself with many characteristics, but at my core, I always characterize myself as a work in progress. My origins are in a village called Vilupanur (which is in the southern part of India in a state called Tamil Nadu), and I have actually visited this village along with other rural and urban parts of Tamil Nadu. However, I have never been educated in any other country but the U.S., and I was born and raised in the U.S. While Tamil is my language through origin, I consider English to be my native language as well since it is the sole language that I have used to communicate with quite a few people I have known basically my entire life. In regard to not just linguistics, but self-discovery, and basically everything else, I’m a work in progress because I believe there is always something that can be improved, and that’s what makes life so drawn out sometimes but exciting during other times.
I’m from Sixth College and I’m going to be a senior next year! I’m a math major so I like making connections between math and other subjects like music and linguistics, and math has also helped solidify that core idea I have about myself, that I’m a work in progress, because there is always something to be discovered in math, and always room for error. I signed up for this course for the aforementioned reasons – I also saw the “data” and “coding” words on the flyer, and although I didn’t quite understand what the anthropology study was going to be about, it seems like a really interesting project after today’s class. In regard to the Pacific, I have traveled to Hawaii and New Zealand, but I honestly barely knew about Papua New Guinea.
I hope to gain a better sense of what goes into data curation and data management, and place the skill sets from this into a global context. I think this course is great because it reinforces this idea of placing what you learn in college directly into some type of globally-oriented framework.