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OTRC: Emma Watson leaves Brown University to concentrate on career

Emma Watson appears in a promotional photo posted on her Twitter page in 2011. (twitter.com/emwatson)

Emma Watson, 20, has decided to leave Brown University in Rhode Island to concentrate on her career, the actress announced on her website.

Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" movies said in a blog to her fans that it was too hard to juggle school and her job commitments.

"As you know, I love Brown and I love studying pretty much more than anything," she wrote on her website. "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, who is currently a sophomore at the Ivy League University, also said that would like to take some time off and finish her promotional work for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," which comes out on July 15, 2011.

Watson insists that she will continue working towards her degree at Brown, but just will take longer than she had thought.

"I've decided to take a bit of time off to completely finish my work on Harry Potter (the last one comes out this summer) and to focus on my other professional and acting projects," Watson wrote. "I will still be working towards my degree... it's just going to take me a semester or two longer than I thought."

On top of acting, Watson has worked on an eco-friendly clothing line with Alberta Ferretti called Pure Threads and modeled for fashion House Burberry. Watson was also recently announced as the new face of cosmetics brand, Lancome, according to reports.

In November, Watson told Orange County Register that America is her second home.

"Americans are friendly and sweet and open and honest and gorgeous," Watson told the paper. "It's been great; it's been an adventure. I feel as if I've learned as much outside the classroom as I've learned inside the classroom."

Watson is currently working on a starring role in "Perks of Being a Wallflower," which is slated for release in 2012.

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