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University of Applied Sciences Europe student publishes her first book

Melina Seiler (20) studies journalism and business communication at the Campus Iserlohn and is also launching a career as an emerging writer.
She just published her first book, Kopf. Stein. Pflaster., a collection of prose texts that sift through the experiences of everyday life.

At the University of Applied Sciences Europe, there’s always something going on: studying abroad, doing internships and doing work related to your academic department. Which experiences in the last semester have had the most impact on you?

I’ve had experiences in all three categories. My semester abroad in Stirling, Scotland was great. I had the opportunity to get to know journalism in the UK through writing articles in English for the university newspaper and exploring a new country. I found that the contact with international students really enhanced the experience.
I’ve been active since the beginning of my studies in the University of Applied Sciences Europe’s IRIS department, which takes care of international exchange students, and I also really enjoy the contact with international students there.
Aside from that, I’ve been the Editor-in-Chief of the university magazine, BiTSLicht, since my second semester, and I’ve learned a lot about writing articles for a magazine and doing layout and design. I have had similarly helpful experiences with my internships in Hamburg (taz.nord, Hamburger Morgenpost, and Hamburger Abendblatt).
Plus, I’ve also found the city of my future. I would love to work and live there after the bachelor.

The students chose a slogan: “Create your story. Inspire the world.” Which experiences from your course of study have supported you in forging your own personal career path and becoming a practicing fiction writer alongside your work in journalism? What inspired you to go in this direction?

This didn’t begin during my studies at the University of Applied Sciences Europe. I’ve been writing literary texts since primary school, and when I was 14, I began to work on journalistic writing. My work at the local newspaper, Iserlohner Kreisanzeiger (IKZ), made it possible.

I published more than 100 articles there during my school years.
The University of Applied Sciences Europe allowed me to return to following this path I’d already started down. I gained professional journalistic knowledge and contacts, and I was able to improve myself a lot.
I was able to extend my network and find friends with which I could engage in interesting projects. With my classmates and dear friends Désiree, Vera and Michèle, I created the blog Vierstimmig, where we publish journalistic texts.

Which part of your work alongside your studies as a writer and journalist most inspires you? What makes you the most proud?

I’m thrilled that I can create images and stories with words. I’m proud of the fact that I am able to carry on so many activities alongside my studies. For instance, I am a freelance journalist for ze.tt, bento, ZEITjUNG, and the IKZ.
I’m especially proud of my most recent project. I published my first book, titled Kopf. Stein. Pflaster.
It’s a collection of prose texts, in which I sort through the experiences of everyday life. Within five categories, “Verliebt, Verwirrt, Verrucht, Verzweifelt und Verstanden” (“In Love, Confused, Desire, Desperate, Understanding”), everything that has moved me in recent years is brought together: first love, second love, friendships, the future, sexuality, womanhood and the search for meaning, including the realizations that come with it.

Tell us about a situation in your time as a student when it was worth it to leave the well-known path behind and seek out your own frontiers? What allowed you to do this?

I think it’s important that one is always ready to get to know new places and people and leave their comfort zone. This is especially possible during semesters abroad and internships. It was also helpful to see new jobs as challenges and try them out.
In other words, it’s better to say yes one too many times and decide later that something doesn’t fit, than to say no and miss out on experiences. Young people will never again have as many possibilities to try new things as they do during their studies, and they should take advantage of them.
The instructors at the UE are also always motivating students to do this.

What are your tips for prospective students interested in the program in journalism and business communication? What does the school offer that they should make use of? What should they watch out for while they’re developing their skills?

Everything the school offers! Here in Iserlohn, I would recommend the department’s BiTSLicht (the university magazine) and bits.fm (the university radio station) to incoming students. You can experiment creatively and gain work experience alongside your studies. However, each of them should take full advantage of the student editorial office, where we learn about online, radio, and television journalism. They can learn a lot there that will come in handy later in their professional lives. Even if you already know in which direction you are heading, the other areas always offer something new, since journalism is always becoming more multimedia.

To end: describe your studies at the University of Applied Sciences Europe in three words!

Practice-oriented, networked and international.

 

The book, Kopf. Stein. Pflaster, is available in paperback under the ISBN 9783745033366. The eBook is available to order here: https://www.epubli.de/shop/autor/melina-seiler/22189

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