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Emma Watson will soon go from studying scripts to studying text books. The “Harry Potter” star plans to return to college early next year to complete her degree.
The 22-year-old British actress will rejoin undergraduate life at Brown University in Rhode Island in January for the spring semester, according to Gossip Cop. Watson is returning to a familiar spot – she originally enrolled in the Ivy League school in September 2009, but put her studies on hold in 2011 to focus on promoting the final installment in the “Harry Potter” franchise. Instead of returning to Brown right away, she then spent a semester abroad at Oxford University in fall 2011 – smart move, that’s where she met her boyfriend Will Adamowicz! -- then took another break from school to film “The Bling Ring” last spring and “Noah” this fall.
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When Watson first left Brown, she assured her fans that she planned to return to Providence. "As you know, I love Brown and I love studying pretty much more than anything, but recently I've had so much to juggle that being a student and fulfilling my other commitments has become a little impossible," the actress – best known for playing bookworm Hermione Granger in “Potter” – posted on her blog at the time. "I will still be working towards my degree. It's just going to take me a semester or two longer than I thought."
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Watson also shot down reports that she had been bullied on the Brown campus. "It made me so sad when all this stuff came out that I left Brown because I was being bullied," Watson told Britain's Sunday Times' Style Magazine in 2011. "It made no sense at all. Brown has been the opposite. … I've never even been asked for an autograph on campus. I threw a party for nearly 100 students, and not a single person put a photo on Facebook. Anyway, even if I was being given a hard time, I wasn't going to wuss out of university because someone said 'Wingardium leviosa' to me in a corridor, or 'Ten points for Gryffindor.' I've been dealing with the media since I was 9. If I can't stand up to a few people giving me a hard time, it's a bit pathetic, really. I've had so much worse."