I’m An English Major, And Yes I Will Have A Stable Career After College

I’m An English Major, And Yes I Will Have A Stable Career After College

No, I am not going to work at Starbucks.

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Whenever I mention to someone that I am an English major, they look at me as if I made the dumbest decision ever.

"What are you going to do with that?"

"Oh, so you want to be a teacher?"

"You know they don't make any money?"

Enough already.

I am tired of hearing the same judgments and comments about my career choice from people who do not even know what I have been studying. In the English degree, I do not just study about Beowulf or Edgar Allen Poe. I learn so much more than that. I study what it is was like during the Jazz Age with Ernest Hemingway and what their lives were like right before the Great Depression. I have learned how to articulate my thoughts and persuade people to understand my ideas. I know how to talk for hundreds of pages and rearrange it so I can summarize it for a page.

I have learned creative writing, non-fiction, technical, business, and commercial writing. English is also not about just writing. It is about analysis.

Everything has a double meaning.

Whether you like to think of it or not. My brain now automatically thinks about the different possibilities and meanings behind a question or a sentence that you have given me. I know it annoys some of my friends, but they do take me for who I am.

I have learned how to communicate with people on different levels and how to properly delegate work. You know many lawyers and some business people actually studied their undergrad in English? Many famous people like Emma Watson, David Franco and Sting have all majored in some form of English track in college!

There is a wide variety on what I can do with my degree; I am excited to see where it takes me. My dream is to work in the editorial field but that does not mean that I will be broke. This degree has prepared me to work in an adaptable environment for a job that I see fit. I could work in social media, communications, literature, higher education, and business, just to name a few. So, quit saying that I am making a mistake.

Quit saying that liberal arts majors are going nowhere and that we are going to be living on the streets or out of a Starbucks. We are changing the world. We are studying culture, and understanding our past in order to create a better future.

I know that the STEM majors are becoming a more popular ideal to lean towards but don't forget the areas that started some very important phenomenon.

So, to the seniors in high school who are debating on what to study in college, think with your heart. If it is something that you truly want to study, then you'll find a career that will fill your heart as well.

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Second Half Of The Semester Problems, As Told By Michael Scott

"It's happening!!!"
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The second half of spring semester is so bittersweet. The fun of spring break is sadly behind us, but we have the promise of summer to keep us going. We all know this struggle, and apparently, so does Michael Scott from "The Office."

You have absolutely no motivation to do your schoolwork after tasting the freedom of spring break.

Spring break has left you broke as a joke for the rest of the semester.

Your professors expect you to memorize an entire textbook before final exams.

You thought the semester was going extremely well until all of your professors decided to bombard you with assignments all at once.

You pull multiple all-nighters and practically overdose on caffeine just to get your homework done.

You just pretend your homework doesn't exist until you literally can't anymore.

All of your friends are getting into serious relationships but you are still single.

Your professors tell you that there won't be any extra credit opportunities before the semester ends.

All your friends are out having fun and partying when you have a morning class the next day.



When you do finally get to go out, you go a little too hard to make up for lost time.

You and your friends are supposed to be in a study group but you end up just goofing off the whole time instead.

That one annoying student in class reminds the professor that there was homework.

When your professor is still trying to lecture even after your class is supposed to be over.

You realize you only have a few short weeks left until final exams start.

You get a bad grade on an assignment you thought you did well on.

You are almost asleep, but then remember that you had homework due the next morning.

Your classes drag on for what feels like hours when in reality it's only been a few minutes.

You have multiple assignments and projects that start to all blur together by the end of the semester.

You have essays that you have to completely BS because you have no idea what to write about.

Your parents, family members or advisors ask you about your future plans even though you have no idea what to do.

Your professors lecture you on topics that you won't be tested on.

You procrastinate on your homework until the very last minute in hopes of finishing it the day before.

You realize you've been studying for so long you haven't left your house all day.

When exams finally come and you feel totally unprepared.

You start to think of extreme methods to pass your exams instead of just actually studying.

Keep your head up, fellow student. I know it's long and hard, but you will definitely make it through the rest of this semester!

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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.

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So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?

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And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?

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Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

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Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?

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And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?

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Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?

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What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.

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Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

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The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?

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What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

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Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?

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Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?

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Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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