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Nadia Rubaii

Nadia Rubaii
Nadia Rubaii Photography: Binghamton University.

Public Administration

If you could choose one word or phrase to describe how you work, what would that word be and why?

Reflective. I do a lot of processing, framing, and reorganizing of ideas in my mind for a long time before I ever start to write, and I spend very little time actually at the computer engaged in creative thought. It is all sorted out in my head before any of it goes on paper.

How do you keep track of all of your work? Do you use any apps? Gadgets? Other solutions?

With an old-fashioned pen and paper calendar, and lots of daily and weekly to-do lists.

Are you an Apple person or a PC person? Both? Why?

PC. I started there and never have seen a reason to switch.

Describe your workspace, either at home, work, or both. What is it like?

Clean and organized at the start and end of every day. I cannot work in a messy space.

How do you recharge yourself when you’ve been doing a lot of work?

I go for a walk with my dog, I get on my bicycle and go for a ride, or sort/organize things (again).

Are you a night owl or an early riser?

Definitely an early riser. I can get more done before 7 am than many people get done all day, but I am useless after 9 pm.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Is there something in everyday life that you find yourself being the go-to person for?

Calmness and diplomacy.

What are you currently reading?

A book on the origin of words in Spanish (Palabralogica). I am not a fan of novels or fiction; I prefer either work-related readings (historical, political, current events) or ones that at least inform my work indirectly.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about learning and teaching?

The "Golden Rule" is not golden in teaching. That is, the way in which I learn best and want to be taught does not necessarily constitute the best way for me to teach others.


Last Updated: 8/15/17