I’m an English major and I’m proud of this. However, I hate explaining to people what I’m going to do after I graduate or that they automatically assume I’m going to be a teacher (I love teachers, they are some of the most amazing people in the world, but I am just not teacher material). Today I’m going to share my thoughts on being an English major.
*THIS POST IS PART SARCASM AND PART SERIOUS*
Being an English major is hard to explain. You may love literature and texts, but hate reading over 40 pages for each class. Or you enjoy discussing literary theory but hate writing about it. Do you like to study literary devices, but metaphors and symbols still trick you? Maybe you have a specialty, whether it is poetry versus fiction, or Romantics versus Renaissance, and dealing with anything that competes with that specialty or takes away from it is disliked. English majors can relate to one of these and probably many other things!
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I could be a true English major and write 2000 words on the subject, but instead I’ve chosen to do a list. Who doesn’t love a good list?
Being An English Major: 8 Things We All Understand
- Are you going to be a teacher? No, teachers are awesome and English majors wouldn’t be as cool without all the awesome teachers who pushed reading and writing. However, just because we are studying English doesn’t mean we want to teach. When did English automatically lead to teaching, but math, science and history don’t? P.S. There is this entire degree program called Education for those who want to be teachers.
- What jobs can you do with an English degree? EVERYTHING! English majors have no limits, beyond maybe rocket scientists and accountant. Everything else we can do without a problem. Believe it or not, many jobs consider English majors to be a valuable asset to their company. English majors are well read, well written and have great critical thinking and analytic skills. English majors also can go on to graduate school for business, health and many other fields. A bachelor degree in English does not make it a cut and dry case.
- Why would you want to discuss old books written by dead people? Why do you want to constantly debate whether Pluto is a planet or why for centuries people thought the Sun revolved around Earth? See, that questions sounds condescending no matter what the subject matter is.
- Will you edit my paper? Sure, I’d love to read another paper where the basic rules of grammar, vocabulary, formatting and citations have been so blatantly ignored and broken.
- School supplies aisles are dangerous. You may spend a lot of money on books, but school supplies aisles are just as bad! Whenever I go to Staples or Office Depot I know I’m going to spend way more than I meant to!
- You ALWAYS have a book. Even if it’s the shittiest free ebook ever from Kindle, at least it has words.
- There is no such thing as too many books. There are stores dedicated to books and because of these stores I must continue to buy books and grow my collection so that I can do my part to grow the economy.
- Sometimes when you want to show off you use your tremendous vocabulary. It’s also fun to annoy people by using many large words in one sentence or to call them names by using words they’ll never know the meaning of the word.