7 Things English Majors Go Through

7 Things English Majors Go Through

Yes, I'm an English major. No, I'm not throwing away my education.
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I love being an English major.

And no -- I'm not lying.

While I do advocate for womxn in tech and the rise of STEM majors, my heart belongs to the humanities and more importantly: English Literature.

Here are some of the things as an English Major that I have experienced:

1. So... Do you wanna be a teacher?


As an English Major, my sole purpose of getting my degree is not to just become a teacher. I also want to be a writer. Get it right. I also want to be a teacher, though, so...

2. Writer's Block


Writer's block = hell unleashed. My brain is my most valued. My heart, too, but my brain is what helps me actually write my essays and poems. When my brain isn't working, I'm not working, and with those two not working -- I'm not getting anything done.

3. Having Friends Ask You To Edit Their Papers


My mood 24/7 when people ask me to edit their papers. I'm working on my own, leave me alone. Seriously though, I know I'm an English major, but there's a reason why office hours were created -- but if you REALLY need my editing/revising, pay up.

4. Reading "Whatever" Literature


There are some great works that I love reading (Frankenstein, Great Expectations, Dr. J & Mr. H, etc). But if I'm forced to read another book that EVERYONE has "read" and ends with the classic patriarchal ending -- I'd rather not. Give me some more Mary Shelley, please.

5. Reading AMAZING Literature

OK BUT WHEN THE CLASS READS SOMETHING LIKE MRS. DALLOWAY -- I AM SO HAPPY (I love you, V.W). But, honestly, I love most literature (especially classics). It's only with very few works that I'm upset with reading. (50 Shades of Grey? Blegh.)

6. Getting Trash-Talked About Your Major

OkAy, SuSaN, I get that you're happy with being in the business school, but frankly I don't care, so don't worry about me or my major. We, English majors, get trash-talked about our majors. Back in the day, our major was considered noble and great -- and now it's considered as "throwing away our education".

7. Knowing that We Chose the Right Major

In my experience in college so far, I've met very few -- actually no one who has changed their major from English Lit/CRTWRT. (Disclaimer: I'm sure there are some?) But those of us who stayed with this major know that we chose the right path for ourselves. While our friends in STEM, Business, etc. are "having fun" with their path, we get to read our favorite works, write, and appreciate the arts. So... who's the real winner? ;)

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I was having a conversation with someone my mom works with regarding my college experience and my studies. At some point, while discussing challenging classes, she mentioned how smart I must have been in order to get such good grades. I casually replied that I'm not naturally smart; I have just discovered that things take me longer than they do others, and I have found methods of studying that help me learn in the way that I need to.

I think her jaw almost touched the floor.

She told me how her daughter is the same way, someone who seems to be working ten times harder for grades that others earn effortlessly. But, like me, her daughter works hard to not only do well but also to hide how hard she is actually working.

It made me realize something.

All the people that act like they aren't stressed out or act like they are naturally great learners should just stop pretending. Imagine how much better it would be if we were all honest with each other about our problems and worked together to help, rather than compete to see who can do the best while acting like they care the least.

It's not going to be easy. I feel like I have had competitiveness running in my blood for over a decade. I think a system that ranks children based on grades and rewards based on rank invites competition. But it wasn't until college that I realized collaboration and honesty are truly life- (and grade-) changing aspects of the educational experience.

So I'll be the first to say it.

In middle school, I was behind in math and watched as my friends left me and my other classmates behind to take a higher-level math. It took a long time and very hard work to be able to get to the group of children that were advanced. When I got there, I acted like it was all a breeze while working for hours on my own at home.

Through high school, there were times when I was frustrated beyond belief because I was functioning at a level much higher than I probably should have been. After having to drop AP Physics, it was challenging to continue to push myself so hard. Now, it feels like every failure is a personal reminder that I don't belong where I am.

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If you meet someone who needs a pick-me-up, avoid saying, "don't worry about it" or "it will get better." Try saying, "I understand how you feel. I feel that way, too." Let's validate each other rather than encourage them to feel differently.

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