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Kai-Arne Zimny
Writing allows us to create entire universes basically for free. I guess that’s what has fascinated me about reading and writing fiction from a very young age. I grew up with one foot in Germany and the other in Norway, having two places to call “home,” yet never truly at home anywhere. History, philosophy, fiction as well as far-away places and times have always been “homes” of mine, creating a deep sensation of longing and a strange form of nostalgia for times and places I’ve never experienced personally. The United States of America is just one of many examples: I’ve never been there, yet I’m fascinated by this country!

In 2012 I started studying Cultural Studies in Lüneburg with Cultural Theory and Analysis and Media and Communication Studies as my main subjects and Philosophy as my minor. In the following years, I gained insights into a variety of viewpoints and approaches affiliated with the broad term of “culture” and learned that studying culture can be a very personal experience. As is writing, which has become a personal passion of mine that has grown with the number of semesters passing. However, it wasn’t until recently that I got the opportunity to contribute to the American Studies Blog, which I see as a potential merging and solidification of many fields of personal interest: the USA, writing fiction, journalistic writing and involving myself in various artistic, media, historical, sociological and philosophical topics from the perspective of a writer who has something to share.

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Henrike Kattoll

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.