About Me


Ruth Ronnau Hiking

Here I am, hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Ruth Ronnau recently began graduate school at the University of Illinois’ School of Information Sciences with an interest in being a youth services librarian. She graduated from Drake University, in Des Moines, Iowa, with degrees in Magazine Journalism and Writing in 2016.

While at Drake, Ruth occasionally wrote for their campus newspaper, The Times-Delphic, and magazine, Drake MagazineIn her senior year, Ruth was president of Drake’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

In 2014, Ruth studied abroad in the most beautiful country ever: New Zealand. There, she learned to love sheep and hiking steep and scary mountains. If you see any landscape photos on this website, there is a 90 percent chance that it is one of the 4,000 photos Ruth took in New Zealand. (Yes, she did see some of the places where they filmed The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.)

Since graduating from college, Ruth took a year to work at a local after school program and at her local library to decide if she really wanted to be a youth services librarian. While she’s still not sure, she knows the skills she’ll learn in library school will be applicable in a myriad careers, something her mother is also really glad to know.

When she’s not working and doing homework, you can find Ruth eating tacos, playing with her cats Ryan and Tilly, or working out at her local gym.