12 Things English Majors Know To Be True

12 Things English Majors Know To Be True

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Each time I say that I am an English major, I am met with virtually the same response each and every time. However, when I meet another English major, I immediately want to be best friends, as we have so much in common. Here is a list of things that we *bookish* people can relate to. (Yes, the pun was intended. Enjoy!

1) You are always asked what your favorite book/ who your favorite author is.

I should have this tattooed on my body for the world to see. I have far too many favorite books and authors that I like to pick just one. Like books, I have chapters tha (Although right now, I am LOVING anything by Emily Giffin.)

2) Your favorite class consists of less than twenty people.

It was awkward on the first day because of the small size. However, once we all discovered how psycho we each were individually, we came together like buttah.

3) You get slightly offended when another professor corrects your work.

I know that for me, it was just a few weeks ago when my Geology professor corrected a story I had written for her class. I thought that using Hurricane Katrina as a metaphor for adversity and the spirit of New Orleans was a good thing. Her? Not so much.

4) Reading is your homework most of the time, and you love every second of it.

One of the coolest things that I have discovered about being an English major is actually getting to immerse myself in literature completely. I love that I get to read forty pages of a novel or play for homework.

5) No, we don't all love Shakespeare.

I like Willy boy to an extent, but some of his work makes me want to do something crazy, like vote for Trump.

6) Puns are a second language.

My friends try to annoy me with their bad bird puns all of the time, but toucan play that game. My pun game is so strong, it's not even punny.

7) Listening and or reading other people's grammar is like a rollercoaster from hell.

See: cash me ousside girl. She has five million followers from a phrase that essentially means that she wants to choke a b***h.

8) You read with a highlighter or pen in hand, even if just for pleasure reading.

I never want to forget things, whether they be tidbits of life advice, or really beautiful things that I would not have thought about.

9) Your vocabulary is extensive.

I was recently on the phone with my cousin and used the word "serendipitously," and she had no idea what that meant. It is funny to catch people of guard with the amount of words that you can use.

10) You hate when people generalize English majors as a "bunch of liberals."

I know many liberal English majors, but there are also a good bit of conservative ones, too. It's all cool, we put our differences aside and read, and it's something that the world could really do right now.

11) People are genuinely shocked when they realize that English majors want to do more than write or teach.

Some of my best friends want to go to law school. If Elle Woods can get into Harvard with a fashion degree, then they can and do anything they want to with an English degree. They are true B.A.s (I said that my pun game was strong, right?)

12) You would not change anything about your major.

Being an English major is establishing a new connection with people, places, and things, otherwise known as nouns. It has allowed me to see the world from a new perspective, and I am eternally grateful for said perspective.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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