I'm An English Major Because I Want To Be Happy, Not Rich— Thanks For Asking, Though

I'm An English Major Because I Want To Be Happy, Not Rich— Thanks For Asking, Though

As long as I'm enjoying my career, that's all that matters to me.
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Whenever I tell others what my major is, I'm typically met with confused looks. "What are you going to do with a degree like that?" "That will never make enough money."

I genuinely couldn't care less about the amount of money I am making. As long as I am on a career path that brings me joy and impacts the world in some small way, my purpose is fulfilled.

It's actually incredibly insulting to be met with unwanted pity with I speak so enthusiastically about my major. I've had parents of my friends tell their child that I'll be asking for handouts once I realize how little my job will make. I would honestly rather be struggling financially than take money from someone else, but thanks for offering.

Personally, I am an English major.

I am always very open about the fact that I have no idea what I intend to do with my major. What I know for sure is that my coursework excites me and brings me joy and motivates me. That is all I need to know that I am headed in the right direction.

What most people don't understand about English majors is that we have so many options to choose from.

We can go into careers such as digital copywriter, editorial assistant, teaching English as a foreign language, lexiographer (where you write, compile and edit dictionaries for both print and online publication ), magazine/ newspaper journalist, publishing copy-editor/ proofreader, web content manager, or just a plain old writer. Don't like any of those options? English majors can also become an academic librarian, advertising account executive, advertising copywriter, arts administrator, film director, information officer, marketing executive, PPC specialist, primary school teacher, public relations officer, records manager, secondary school teacher or social media manager. I have a lot of options for career paths, all of which I can make a living off of.

I don't need condescendence anymore and I especially do not need bragging about how your major makes more money.

In college, it doesn't really matter what your major is. We're all struggling through the years to better our futures. Why make it into some sort of weird hypothetical competition on who may or may not make more money? Are we not all fortunate enough to afford to get a higher education? Why make it more difficult? While those that belittle sit in a job that makes more money than they know what to do with while they also may not even enjoy their job, I'll be happily working on my passion and making a life from it.

I don't need input from anyone, thanks though.

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

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Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy.” No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher; we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it’s obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgemental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don’t mean that I’m predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn’t easy. It’s very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for awhile and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you’re the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it’s about what I learn and the memories that I make; the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

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I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I’d rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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