Natasha Igl grew up in a charmed life filled with many adventures all within the comfort of Neenah, WI. For as long as Natasha could remember, she has wanted to pursue a career relating to the English language. Words have always fascinated her, and books spoke to her throughout her childhood. She has enjoyed spinning her own tales while devouring others.
Laziness is not in her vocabulary. Natasha is in charge of many different organizations on campus. Co-president of Knitting Knights, co-editor of the student run journal on campus called Graphos, and the co-president of the SNC chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, otherwise known as the International English Honor Society, Natasha stays pretty busy. She is also the secretary of the female social group called The Electric Company and a member of the leadership honor society called Omicron Delta Kappa. Despite her attention to all of these clubs, she remains on the Dean’s List and makes time for her studies and herself. In her spare time, she likes to read, knit for fun, and watch movies. Her all time favorite movie is Jim Henson’s The Labyrinth, and her favorite book, if there is such a thing, is called Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.
Not only is she a leader in her clubs and a full time student, but Natasha also works four different jobs on campus. She currently works as the English Teaching Assistant, helping her professors with any tasks from proofreading to designing events or posters. She also works at the Tech Bar where she hangs around and learns about WeVideo, Domain of One’s Own, virtual reality tools, and more. At the Tech Bar, she also helps out any students who need aid in classes with these tools or digital competency skills, like how to print from Google and organize your calendar. On days where she is not working at the Tech Bar or as a TA, Natasha works at the school cafeteria cleaning dishes, cashiering, or helping run the floor as a lead. She helps ensure the cafeteria runs smoothly and cleanly. Lastly, she works as an academic support notetaker.
On school breaks, Natasha works at her hometown’s Culver’s where she has grown fond over custard and Beef Pot Roast sandwiches. She has worked there since she was fifteen and has grown in her customer service skills as well as confidence from her time there. Starting off as a member of the crew, Natasha quickly picked up on the energetic drive of the restaurant and moved on to be a Crew Leader, helping run the front, acting as the manager’s right hand, and training her new co-workers. She credits Culver’s for installing in her interpersonal skills, assertiveness, and time management skills. She will forever love being part of the True Blue Crew and looks forward to continuing on her development by being a shift manager in the summer of 2018.
For her future, Natasha plans on finding her niche somewhere with editing and/or writing. So far, she is open to any location and any sort of experience: she is not overly picky. She can easily fit into a bubbly or quiet atmosphere and has no problem working with people or alone. One of her strongest skills is her ability to adapt to any situation and atmosphere. Because she is in charge of so much on campus, she knows how to prioritize and utilize her time in the best possible way.
In her Portfolio, Natasha has included works highlighting feminist theory, new historical analysis, psychoanalytic theory, and close reading. Natasha grapples with Susan Glaspell’s Trifles in her essays “Trifles and Women’s Stereotypes” and “Susan Glaspell’s Trifles Written Among Feminism”, exploring how Glaspell wrote the play to highlight feminist stereotypes and furthers that argument by drawing on Glaspell’s experiences as a journalist, integrating a new historical interpretation. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown,” Natasha delves into the world of the psyche for her paper titled “Young Goodman Brown and the Struggles of the Ego,” specifically characterizing the superego as Faith, sin as the id, and Goodman Brown as the ego, constantly mediating between sin and faith, or the id and superego. Natasha argues in Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw that communication is absolutely necessary, particularly in the wake of the uncle’s forced seclusion and all the madness and death occurring around the governess and children. Have a nice time looking through her essays.