Despite the countless premieres and red carpet events she had to attend, Emma Watson still managed to finish her studies at an Ivy League school.
In 2009, the Harry Potter actress said that she definitely wanted to go to university to finish her schooling. That same year, the sixth movie in the Harry Potter series also came out. Celeb Zen reported that Emma received straight A’s on her A-levels at the English high school she attended. When converted to American standards, her GPA would be a perfect 4.0.
After her graduation from high school, Emma took time off to concentrate on her career before deciding to enroll at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
After 18 months at Brown, Watson decided to take time off from school to go back to work. She then enrolled as a visiting student at Worcester College, which is part of Oxford University. But again, she had to drop out as she had work commitments. Watson eventually went back to Brown University, and now she has completed all her requirements and is all set for graduation.
Watson took up an English Literature course at the university, which she finished in 5 years instead of the regular 4 since she was working at the same time.
According to US Weekly, Watson told Warner Bros. that she would not renew her contract for the last two movies in the series unless they allowed her to pursue her studies and work around her class schedule. Warner Bros. agreed, and she was able to get the education that she wanted.
“I have felt for the last 10 years I have had this battle; I’ve been fighting so hard to have an education. It’s been this uphill struggle.”
When classes started, Emma had a difficult time juggling her studies with her career. While other students went to parties and took breaks, she spent her free time shooting scenes and going to press conferences.
It was a brief encounter with actor James Franco, who was then studying at Rhode Island School of Design, that helped Emma cope with the stress of working and studying at the same time. “It was such as relief to speak to someone who is trying to do the same thing I’m doing,” Watson said.
After her graduation on May 25, Emma Watson will be among the ranks of other actresses who got their education from Ivy League universities. The list includes Meryl Streep from Yale University, Natalie Portman from Harvard University, Brooke Shields from Princeton University, and Jodie Foster from Yale University.
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