Before I embarked on my cultural studies major at Leuphana University Lüneburg in 2018, I spent two years at a U.S. community college as a student-athlete in Kansas. During that time, I was a member of the highest-winning volleyball team in the college’s history and earned my Associate’s Degree in English. I was also awarded a membership in the academic honor’s society Phi Theta Kappa for my academic performance that opened a new field for cultural exchange and learning opportunities. It showed me that all of us are life-long learners (or should thrive to be) because “the moment you lose curiosity in the world, you might as well be dead” (Ian McEwan). Since then I have stopped playing volleyball to focus on other activities I love, including reading, lifting weights, watching sports, baking, and cooking.
If I hadn’t found my way to the pioneering Digital Media bachelor’s degree, there’s a good chance I’d be studying translation. Instead, I ended up in Lüneburg where my unflagging affinity for language and literature carried me into the Institute of English Studies and the Language Center where I completed the North American Studies Profile for my complementary studies.
While I await my chance to cross the pond in person, I pave my own fanciful road trip with impressions from books, TV series, and movies, fictional as well as documentary. As blog-relevant hobbies go, I browse etymology dictionary entries and baby name websites for fun – because words are magic. I also put way too much time and brain capacity into this short bio, and had fun doing so. Writing, that is, seeing words rendered on a page via pen or keyboard, makes me happy. I hope that, as an American Studies blog author, I might share some of that enthusiasm.
When I started studying cultural studies at Leuphana University Lüneburg in 2018, I brought my passion for stories with me. Since then, I’ve mainly chosen classes where I focus on the intersections between media and society. As Leuphana offers quite a number of seminars not only on movie and novel analysis, but also on media in practice, I learned that it’s not impossible to work in this field one day. You simply have to know which steps to take.
While I analyze other writers’ work for my seminars, I like to get creative in my free time and work on my new adult romantasy novels. Apart from that, fiction of all sorts keeps me sane when reality becomes too much.