I can speak for a lot of us English majors when i say that I honestly have no idea how I got here. I really didn't know what I was getting myself into when I began this journey towards my degree, but I'm somehow getting by (I think). As the semesters come and go, I have slowly begun realizing that us English majors are somewhat of a family and we have more in common than we think. The stages of our major are interesting to say the least, but I'm glad I'm not facing these struggles alone.


1) Confidentially filling out your form to change your major.

2) Innocently signing up for your first class.

3) When you realize that the rate my professor ratings were all wrong and you're in way over your head.

4) You tell the girl next to you that you thought the assignment was really hard and she says "really? I thought it was actually easy haha."

5) When you question everything you've ever learned in your high school English classes.

6) Your friend uses the wrong form of "your" in the group message, so it's basically your duty to correct her.

7) When someone questions the difficulty of your major.

8) When your class discussion gets super deep, super fast.

9) You spell a simple word wrong and you wonder how you're even allowed to pursue this degree.

10) Getting asked if I only read Shakespeare.

11) No, I will not write your entire essay for you.

12) Me: That paper definitely deserved a C.

Professor: *gives me a C*

13) All of your classes are small and attendance is mandatory so you're basically screwed.

14) Having to read an entire novel in a few days.

15) When a casual conversation gets extremely intense when you're conversing with your fellow English major friends.

16) When someone says "Wow your finals week must be pretty easy since you only have papers."

17) That one girl who always comments in class discussions.

18) Hanging with that dark poet that's in one of your classes.

19) No, I don't want to be a teacher.

20) When someone tells you how hard it will be for you to find a job after graduation.

21) Having an hour to write eight essays for your in-class portion of your exam and none of your writing makes sense but there's really no turning back now.

22) Writing everyone's text messages like the creative genius that you are.

23) When you spend more time trying to look up words in a text than actually reading the text.

24) No, I'm not dumb just because I don't want to be a doctor.

25) All of your papers are due on one day.

26) When your professor is just way too passionate about one topic and she refuses to let it go.

27) That one kid who just thinks he's a genius for relating everything back to Dead Poets Society.

28) Or The Catcher in the Rye.

29) Having to write a short response in less than 200 words.

30) Everyone thinks your classes are just filled with "a bunch of liberals."

31) Realizing that although it may be difficult at times, you wouldn't change your major for anything.