All The Things I Can Do With My English Degree

All The Things I Can Do With My English Degree

Choices don't help my indecisiveness

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Ever since I decided that I wanted to study English in college, I've constantly been asked: "what are you going to do with that?". And it's a valid question. English is a very broad subject, and with that comes the possibility of many different paths, just like any other major.

The beauty of an English degree, no matter what your concentration is, is that the skills you learn studying English can translate into so many different jobs outside of English. Writing is such a large part of language, and therefore as an English major, you have the ability to gain strong written communications skills, among many others.

And while English can help in many different professions, I still get asked what exactly I want to do with just an English degree. And the answer is, I have no clue what exact path I want to take with English, all I know is that I cannot spend the rest of my life not writing. So, here are just a few of the possible jobs someone with just an English major can find.

Author

I feel like this is one of the first things that people think of when they hear that someone is an English major. A person who wants to spend all their time writing, aspiring to be published, hopefully, one day getting there. For me, while I think it would be amazing to be amongst the brave people who are able to publish a novel, I don't think I have enough patience to stick with an idea long enough to finish one.

Teacher

I had one truly amazing English teacher in my life before coming to college. None of the others were actually bad, but my sophomore and junior year teacher pushed me to become a better writer. Teaching English, possibly as a second language, or just, in general, is something that I've actually been very drawn to. Whether or not it happens, we will have to wait and see.

Journalist/Editor

While these two things are very different, they are the two jobs that I am most currently interested in, so I decided to put them together. While I don't have the patience to stick with the same idea long enough to write a novel, I think that writing about different topics, doing research, looking at stories from different perspectives, would be incredible. Following those same lines, I also believe that being an editor is intriguing because you would have the ability to ensure that a story reaches its full potential.

Lawyer

While this requires more than just getting a degree in English, having an English major can be a good first step towards law school.

Public Relation Specialist

Having an English major in this field would be extremely useful, because of the story writing qualities necessary to be successful. This position would be useful in news outlets, magazines, television, or working for specific people.

Other options:

Librarian

Social media manager

Technical writer

Proposal manager

Copywriter

While these are just a few of the options that someone with an English major has for a job, there are hundreds more. I'm not sure what my path is exactly, but I'm certain that I will be writing in my future, all thanks to my English major.

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.

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Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.

Sincerely,

A girl who is sad to go

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8 Things We Do In College That You Probably Won't Tell Mom And Dad On Your Weekly Phone Call

A list of the things you do to spice up college life, shhh don't tell the parents.

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All of us are experiencing freedom and our own rules for the first time and sometimes we push the limits. So here's the list of the things we probably won't tell mom and dad we did when they call tomorrow morning.

1. Get a Piercing

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There's something sketchy about tattoo parlors and college towns. Overpriced, yet people are still lined out the door because they need a new earring or face piercing SO bad. Until they call mom and she's not happy.

2. Dye your Hair

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"Well I thought I'd change things up and Sussie had extra dye"

3. Get a Tattoo

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"I got this because I'm a _____ major and we love ______"

or the good ol' Ohio 110 logo.

4. Go on a Bender

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Sometimes you think wet week is a good idea. Sadly your bank account, your liver, and early classes think otherwise.

5. Junk Food Splurge

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You'll probably eat out too many times in a week and regret it later when you have a food baby.

6. Using the Credit Card for Drinks

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Money is all coming from the same place though, right? Truly sorry for this one.

7. Promiscuity

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Being away from home and having your own roof, sort of, lets you make any decision you want. Many students become much more sexually active and let their guard down about safe sex.

8. Bad Decisions

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Whether it's blacking out on weekdays, getting an unsafe ride home, or puking while showering, sometimes college gets the best of us. But I can tell you we have a hell of a time doing it.

Mom, if you're reading this, these weren't all my ideas I'm not that bad I swear! And students be safe and try and think before you do something that could make your parents very, very mad.... tattoos are FOREVER.

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