Emma Watson on how college is “empowering and liberating”

When she was a Brown University sophomore, Emma Watson was interviewed by Jeanne Wolf of Parade magazine on some of what college means to her.

Here are some excerpts :

I may do some theater next summer, but this college experience is really important to me, and I won’t give it up for anything. I’m not going to school just for the academics–I wanted to share ideas, to be around people who are passionate about learning.

Being at Brown has totally taken me out of my comfort zone. I’m so proud that I went to a different country to study and really spread my wings.  …

My days as a student are structured so differently from being on a movie set, where I had people constantly telling me what to do. When you’re filming, someone needs to know where you are every second of the day; here no one tells me what time I can have lunch, when I can go to the bathroom.

It’s incredibly empowering and liberating. My friends think I’m crazy because I get so much joy out of really simple pleasures like staying up late talking or deciding to go for a walk. And bagels–they’re the best thing ever! …

Fun is something I’ve undervalued in the last 10 years [when she made 10 films, including eight Harry Potters]. I never made time for it, yet it’s so important to your health and general happiness. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I have to learn to be good at having fun. …

It’s taken me a year to figure out that I should trust people and let them in a bit more.

At the beginning I felt slightly like I was living two lives, as if I was schizophrenic.

Slowly but surely, I’m letting the people I trust and love see more of me as a complete person.

They’ve been surprisingly understanding and respectful. I’ve been lucky–really lucky.

Source: Parade.com.

Top photo from Celebuzz.com: Emma Watson at Brown University Providence, Rhode Island

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Article publié pour la première fois le 08/11/2010