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20 Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Book-Loving, Grammar-Obsessed English Major

Try out some awesome cocktail recipes with a literary twist like "Tequila Mockingbird" and "Are you there God? It's Me, Margarita."


Christmas is around the corner, finals are almost over, and picking a gift out for your friends can be quite a hassle. Everyone has different tastes, starting with hobbies is a great way to start, but what's even better is going straight for what they love to study. Every major is super different, and all equally difficult to figure out a gift for.

So if your friend is an English major, you're in luck! Treat your friend to something more than just a book or a notebook or package of pens. Get them something they will use and enjoy.

Check out these awesome gift ideas for your classic major that'll make you stand apart from everyone else.

1. 100 books bucket list poster 


Whether your English major is looking for new books to read or just wanna reread the classics, this Bucket List poster is a great way to keep track of the books being read and to add a little decor to the wall.

2. A monthly magazine subscription 

Magazine subscriptions are always great. Consider a subscription to their favorite magazine as a gift! Whether it's to "Poets & Writers," "Writer's Digest," "Reader's Digest," or any other of the hundreds of subscriptions, it definitely won't go to waste.

3. Rory's story cubes 


Create an unlimited possibility of stories with this fun game. Rory's story cubes are a good way to have some fun with friends, classmates, and even students.

4. The writer's toolbox 


This giftincludes exercises and instructions that help bring out the creative right part of your brain. With exercises, instructions, and twists and turns, this is a great gift to help get the juices flowing.

5. Enamel pin sets 

Enamel pins are fantastic because you can put them anywhere... on a bag, on a jacket, a hat, and wherever else. Show the love of books with special enamel pins. Whether you're looking for an author, a quote, or a way to show how much you love books, support their love of literature with these flashy pins.

6. Shakespeare insult bandages 


Although this may not be the most useful gift, it sure is different. Stand out from the rest with these Shakespeare insult bandages, real band-aids for real use but with a Shakespearean twist.

7. A drinking book with a literary twist 


Everyone loves a good drink. Check out these books to see which one you can give to your English major! Try out some awesome cocktail recipes with a literary twist like "Tequila Mockingbird" and "Are you there God? It's Me, Margarita."

8. Audible audiobooks subscription 

Amazon Audible has THOUSANDS of audiobooks for all your audiobook needs. A subscription allows access to these books and is a great way to catch up on some books on the way to class, the gym, the store, or simply relaxing at home.

9. Literary postcards 


Another not-so-typical gift, literary postcards mostly gain the attention of those who judge a book by its cover. These postcards are a great way to get in the world, especially if you love to collect or send postcards to friends! And if book covers don't suit your fancy, there's always the amazing set of postcards celebrating the world's greatest independent bookstores.

10. Book locket charms 

These handmade book lockets are an amazing and unique gift for your English major. Whether Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, or Edgar Allen Poe is their favorite author, you're sure to find a vintage gift.

11. Literary coasters 


Because who doesn't love coasters? Plus, there's so many different kinds! The typewriter, book covers, puns, and more!

12. Waterproof notepad 


Ever have a random thought in the shower with nowhere to put it? English majors think like this all the time, consider this waterproof notepad and save some ideas that could disappear without it.

13. Retro keyboard 


For typewriter fans like myself, this gift is technological and retro at the same time. Most use Bluetooth and are easy to set up and carry around, so your English major can show up to class with their typewriter to show off.

14. Hemingway pencil cup 


Ready to feel inspired while keeping all your pencils and pens organized? This nifty pencil cup is a wonderful addition to the home desk and to the antique lovers!

15. Bananagrams 


A fun and travel easy game, Bananagrams is an anagram game that will drive you bananas (hence the name). Don't get discouraged though, it's still a great game to dive into.

16. Magnetic poetry kit


This gift is perfect for any literature lover AND writer! There are over 200 magnetic words and endless possibilities, all on the kitchen fridge (or magnetic dorm room whiteboard) With different kits, including Book Lovers, Poe, Shakespeare, and more, you're sure to find one that your English major will love.

17. An adult coloring book 


Is your English major a little stressed out? Get them a literary adult coloring book! There's plenty of different ones, ranging from Shakespeare to Jane Austen, and of course, Harry Potter. Adult coloring books are a great thing to send back to school for all those stressful paper filled nights.

18. A book set of their favorite author or series

Go big or go home with this one. Whether you know their favorite series or favorite author, consider going above and beyond with a complete book set. They may have read a book or two, but the complete series will definitely keep them busy for a while.

19. Personal library kit 


For any book lover, sharing their favorite books with friends and family is a pleasure. Help them keep track and re-amp classic library circulation techniques with this nifty kit.

20. Grammar Girl 2019 tips


And of course, most English majors have a pretty good eye for grammar. Check out this helpful guide for every one of 2019's 365 days a year. There are more than 300 grammar rules and word choice guidelines that can be easy to forget. It's desk size and is perfect to take a peek at before bed.

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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Junior Year Was A Learning Experience About Who I Am In Order To Be The Best Version Of Myself

This year was a changing experience.


I walked inside with a sure enthusiasm that this year would be better than last. I told myself that I wasn't gonna man the same mistakes and fall into the same traps that can left my grades in the dust for so many years. I said that this was the first year I was going to be stress free and without any problems. I also said this would be the year I would get in shape and stop eating cookies but the day that I'm writing it is national chocolate chip cookie day and I'm enjoying a nice and warm one.

This year is puts so much stress on friendships and the way that people interact with one another. Everyone is so on edge due to a lack of sleep and understanding that we all can tend to lash out at each other even though we wouldn't if we weren't in that state of consistent tiredness and sadness. Running on 4-5 hours of sleep really makes it difficult to understand any conflict that may occur. For example, on the day of the hardest Chemistry test of the year, I saw two of my friends lash out at each other in a moment of pure emotion. But almost as fast as the argument began, it was over and they had overcome the conflict between them. It really is a testament to your connection with the other person if you can make it through the whole year without running into any problems. In terms of personal experiences, each day was a challenge due to the little brain function I had, but I managed to not give into my issues. I was able to work around them and keep myself going.

Junior year was an experience that I'm going to keep with me forever because of the good and the bad. First off, I would like to thank my parents for never giving me that resolved look of contempt or happiness. This only motivated me or to work harder and I would like to say that I think I made you guys proud with how hard I worked this year. The next people I would like to thank are my friends, you guys are the actual goats. I know that many of you guys don't know how much I appreciate you and I would like to say that I really take it to heart when you guys help me with a certain problem, whether its academic, social, or none of the above.

As for the plot that most people were waiting now, the grades of the haunted Junior Year. I consider myself to be a very average student and I thought that my grades were going to be once again average by junior year standards. I though that they were going to fall so low that I would not be asian failing anymore. Surprisingly, this was the first year out of all my years in high school that my hard work paid off with consistent grades. That does not mean good but that does not mean bad. As a junior at Northview, I was amongst the 200 that took 4 AP classes and etc etc. Grades do not have to define you and getting a single bad grade will not kill you is the lesson I learned this year. That was the single most important idea that I could have taken from this year because it gave me a new perspective on my education. It was time I lived a little.

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