Major: Master of Arts in Cultural Studies
BA: English Literature, Hamburg University
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I was born in Hamburg, Germany, where I spent the first 23 years of my life. I moved to the United States in September 2015 to pursue my graduate education here at the University of Washington.
I have a strong interest in the world around me, and I think a lot about the interconnectedness of ideas. It is very important for me to convey my thoughts to others, and writing has been one of the most powerful tools for me to achieve this goal. My academic background is in the humanities; I hold a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a minor in Turkish Studies, a discipline that is part language and literature studies, part anthropology, part history and part geography. Additionally, I have taken classes in related fields, such as ethnography, sociology as well as gender and queer studies. I attempt to take a critical look at the state of the world and inquire about the relationship between languages, cultures, and power, which led me to the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies Program, in which I am currently a first year student. I’m taking additional Computer Science classes, because I can’t seem to get enough of languages, grammar and syntax [pun intended], and I am interested in the democratization of knowledge production, for which the internet is a key factor.
Although my native language is German, I have always had a strong passion for English and other languages. Learning how to write and communicate in them opens new perspectives to the world. It also made me aware of the many difficulties that come with trying to make a foreign language one’s own. English is tricky, and as a non-native speaker I often felt misunderstood, vulnerable and isolated. I believe that the need to express ourselves in order to connect with others and share ideas is fundamental to humanity. Therefore, a special interest of mine at the WaCC is to help other students whose first language is not English become more confident writers and communicators.