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.
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.