Class of 2020: Charlotte - exploring her admiration on American culture

Posted by nm365 at Jul 20, 2020 03:19 PM |
American Studies student Charlotte on her Leicester journey

Charlotte chose to study American Studies after stumbling across it while searching for Psychology courses. She could see that the American Studies programme would incorporate her interest in American history and her musical knowledge as well as allow her to study politics, something she’d always wanted to study but never previously has the opportunity to.

Charlotte first came to the University for an Open Day. She said she found the staff and students so friendly and approachable that Leicester was the only university she returned to for an Offer Holder Day. After that, she just knew that Leicester was where she wanted to study.

After trying out all disciplines in her first year, Charlotte tailored her degree towards her historical and political interests. With an interest in race relations, she chose to focus on that in her dissertation. To make it unique and personal to her, she involved her love for music and something which had spurred her interest in America as a child, Elvis Presley. Her dissertation title was The Power of Influence: An Examination of Elvis Presley’s Relationship with African American Culture.

Charlotte explained that the arrival of COVID-19 had been a challenge. She said: “After my time at university came to a sudden end, I found it really difficult to find the motivation to carry on studying from home.

“Eventually I managed to pull through and tried to use the situation to my advantage. I knew I couldn’t be out seeing friends, so I passed time and tried to distract myself by doing university work. I am so pleased that my hard work has paid off!”

Charlotte plans to stay at the University of Leicester and complete a postgraduate degree in International Relations.

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