The Blog Assistants

Sebastian Reimann

Since 2015, I’ve been studying environmental sciences at Leuphana University Lüneburg, and I’m absolutely fascinated by the diversity of topics this subjects entails. Through my studies, I’ve noticed that everything is intertwined and that culture and ecology cannot be addressed separately.

Before coming to Lüneburg, I studied to be a teacher for German and English in the beautiful city of Dresden. Even though I changed my major to environmental sciences, my passion for language and cultural diversity has stayed with me ever since. Fifteen months of travelling in between studies has greatly enriched my perspectives on life. But as much as I love being abroad, I also need a place to come home to and do the things I love: read, write, watch good movies, take a walk in the woods, and get involved in projects that make the world a little more sustainable.  And when I’m not doing any of the above, I’m tech support for the American Studies Blog.

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.

Blog posts by Kai-Arne Zimny

Paula Schöllknecht

Back in 2016, I started studying Cultural Studies at Leuphana University Lüneburg to become a “culture-related-kind-of-person” with a “media-related” job. I wanted to do something different, something exciting, something no one in my family had ever done before. It took me a year to figure out that this wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned. Something was missing, and deep inside I knew that I had tried to force myself into a mold made for a person that wasn’t me. So I took a step back, took a deep breath, and started to think about what I really wanted for myself.

I was one of those kids who actually enjoyed being in school. Although I had some awful teachers, most of them were great – especially my English and German teachers who helped me develop a passion for those two languages. That’s why I decided to become a language teacher. I want to show my future students that learning a language isn’t boring and difficult, but adventurous and fun.

When I’m not at the university, I love writing short stories or planning entire novels. I find escaping from your own life and traveling through time and space fascinating. The written word opens up another level of communication and expression that I love to explore. Therefore, I consider being an American Studies Blog assistant a wonderful, inspiring opportunity. America was always a fascinating country to me that I’m looking forward to visit one day.