13 Questions English Majors Are Tired Of Hearing

13 Questions English Majors Are Tired Of Hearing

Encourage your children to choose a major they'll be happy with, not just one they'll become rich with.

Have any of you ever received any flack from your parents and family for choosing the major that you did? Choosing something in the liberal arts field is especially dangerous because you better be ready to answer all the spit-fire questions coming your way. In the English major, those questions can become offensive, annoying, and exhausting real fast. If you're an English major, you've definitely heard these 13 questions at least once.

1. "What are you going to do with that?"

Generally, this question is asked within the first two years of college, and usually, you don't know what you're going to do with the degree until later. Even if you have an inkling, you may change that later. Truth is, English majors can take a variety of jobs in the workplace due to their ability to think critically and analyze any situation. Plus, our writing and grammar skills can place us in just about any field as well. Many times, people don't ask other majors what they'll do with their major, so stop asking English majors.

2. "So, are you going to teach?"

Look, just because we're English majors doesn't mean we're all going to teach. Like I said, there are a variety of fields people can enter into that aren't teaching. No matter if your student is looking to teach or not, do not judge them. Even if your student doesn't know what they're doing, they'll figure it out.

3. "You know you can't pay the bills with writing, right?"

If I had a dime for every time my advisor said this to me in school, I could probably pay off a semester's tuition. If your student is planning on being an author of books, they will work whatever jobs they need to in order to support themselves while writing. Also, there are loads of other types of writing, like technical writing, which could absolutely pay the bills. Keep an open mind with your major, please.

4. "Why don't you pick a more practical major?"

There's nothing impractical about learning to write and read critically through different types of literature. Why would I choose another major that I'd be miserable in, when I know I'll be happy finding a career through English?

5. "Why would I pick a major where you just read all the time?"

Yes, we read a lot of articles and books. We also spend a lot of our time writing. Don't act like you don't read equally as much in Biology, Math, or Political Science.

6. "Why aren't you going to teach?"

Not everyone wants to or feels like they can be a role model in a classroom. Maybe I want to go into publishing, editing, writing, technical writing, business, law, or literally anything else.

7. "What's it like having an easy major?"

Please, kindly carry my backpack and read these three novels by Wednesday. Write these two 10-page-papers, learn all the lenses of theory and then check yourself before you wreck yourself.

8. "How can you be such a grammar nazi?"

Stop putting the word 'nazi' next to things you don't like. It's not politically correct, and it's rude. Also, you're in college and you should know the difference between basic words like 'your' and 'you're' and 'their', 'they're', and 'they're'. This is basic English that you will need no matter which field you go into. Get a grip and know when to use 'no' and 'know'.

9. "Could you write my essays for me?"

Plagiarism isn't just a myth your professors warn you about. Write your own one-to-two-page essay about your general education course. Read 'A Doll's House', it might do you some good.

10. "So what are you going to do for money?"

Well, after graduation, eight of us are going to get a studio apartment for one in New York and we'll just see where it goes from there! What about you?

11. "Do you think you're going to regret your major later?"

Do you think you're going to regret your major later? No? If you won't, then why would I? Like everyone else who leaves college, English majors will figure it out, and they will maneuver the professional world with their elevated grammar skills and critical thinking. English majors will end up where they're supposed to be, just like you. Also, worry about your own damn future.

12. "Why do you need to major in English? You know the language well enough, don't you?"

My friend, let me dispel the myth for you that English classes aren't just about language. In fact, they are rarely about the English language, but instead how to utilize and apply it. Maybe you should take an English class and learn a few things before you start judging me.

13. "Oh. You're an English major?"

Yes, I am, and I'm proud of it. I'm well-versed in all the questions you have to ask me, and instead of looking down at me for what I've chosen to do with my life, how about you get to know me instead? We're not our major's stereotype.

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I've been living on this planet for two decades now, about to finish my second year of college, and I can honestly say that you never know where life is going to take you. You think you're right where you need to be and then all of a sudden, you're somewhere else.

When I was very young, maybe five or so, I was fascinated by dinosaurs and told everyone that I wanted to be a paleontologist when I grew up. I imagined myself spending my life digging up fossils and putting them in museums for everyone to see.

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During my sophomore year of high school, I took an intro to engineering class and decided that I wanted to be an engineer. I wasn't sure what branch, but that was the fit for me. Then I discovered roller coasters and how much joy they bring to me, so I wanted to design them. Well, last semester I was taking engineering classes and realized that 1) engineering is really hard and 2) I didn't like what I was doing.

Now I'm a marketing major and minoring in fashion and retail studies looking to get into the fashion world after college.

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So, it's perfectly okay to not know what you want to do with the rest of your life right this second, and it's okay to take some time to figure it out. Everything happens for a reason, whether you know why or not. You just have to be patient because sooner or later, you will end up where you need to be.

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They're available for a reason, don't fall for it so easily

Common sense tells some of us that loans are bad, just from past experiences of our parents or other adult figures in our lives. However, for the other 44 million risk takers it may look like opportunity.

An opportunity to have extra money, more clothes, vacations and a beautiful bank account … for the moment.

Of course, many college students have no other option than to take out a loan due to a lack of financial aid and/or other contributing circumstances, but the key words I just used were “no other option.”

Loans should be used as your very last resort when you’re in great need of funds, whether it be for school or personal use. Loaners, specifically universities and colleges, are always extremely generous when offering advances. Don’t let them hoax you.

$5,000 sounds amazing in the moment they offer it, but six months after you graduate that money is due. Need an extension? No problem, you’ll just owe more than you borrowed.

I’ve come across a handful of students who are so excited to borrow a ton of money from their university and their explanation for the loan is, “I’m going to be in debt anyway,” or “I’m going to be rich when I become a doctor. I can pay it back.”

Don’t be one of these people.

In the long run, these unnecessary loans can be detrimental to your credit score and even prevent you from being able to receive finances when you actually need it.

Need more? Here are five examples of acceptable loans:

1. Paying for college classes

Apply for at least five scholarships first.

2. On the verge of being homeless

3. NEED a vehicle

Don't exceed $5,000.

4. Summer Classes

One or two classes only. Financial aid is rarely offered to anyone during this time.

5. Investing in your business/future

A start off loan, but don't exceed what you can't return.

Here are five examples of bad loans:

1. Paying another loan

Don't borrow and borrow to pay someone else. You'll still be in debt.

2. Upcoming vacation

3. Newer/better car

Keep your current car until it falls apart. Literally.

4. Braces/bigger butt/new boobs

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5. To quit your job

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