Nicole Rucinski


Where did you go to college?
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

How long have you been with the College of Engineering?
Spring 2022

What is your favorite part of your job?
Creating space for openness and connection with my students and colleagues. I learn so much from the people around me, and I try to stay open to that. I love getting to know students’ unique backgrounds and what motivates them.

What advice do you have for students?
Meeting the minimum requirements at Berkeley is already over-achieving. Don’t overload yourself; ensure that you have the bandwidth to engage fully with each of your classes each semester, while maintaining space for love and joy outside of school.

What is the most unusual job you’ve had?
Most of my official jobs have been pretty standard. My neighbor once paid me to babysit her turtle, so that was unusual.

What are your favorite TV shows?
Sex Education, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Avatar the Last Airbender, Outlander.

What is your favorite song, band or type of music?
One of the best concerts I’ve been to is Emo Night Brooklyn (they come to Berkeley). I also love Bruno Mars, ChoQuibTown, Michelle Branch, SZA.