As An English Major, The Phrase ‘So What Are You Going To Do With That, Teach?’ Is The Most Annoying Thing Ever

As An English Major, The Phrase ‘So What Are You Going To Do With That, Teach?’ Is The Most Annoying Thing Ever

Followed closely by ‘Oh, so then you’re going to write?’

As a disclaimer, I have no hard feelings towards teachers. Most of my family members are educators in one way or another and they’ve instilled in me a knowledge of the importance of education. Teachers are valuable members of our society and we should treat them accordingly.

However, that doesn’t mean I enjoy having the same conversation with every person I encounter who inquires as to what my major is. Because the answer is no. I’m not intending on using my (eventual) English degree to go into the teaching field.

I think part of the reason why “What are you going to do, teach?” bothers me so much is because A) it doesn’t line up with what I actually want to do and B) it can be frustrating when people make assumptions (especially when they aren’t true) over and over again.

And I mean c’mon, there are plenty of other careers that you can have as an English major and flourish in, and plenty of people who have been successful at doing so. Education and English degrees are not synonymous with one another!

With a degree in English, a person can go on to become a lawyer, editor, or even an actor. There are even plenty of English majors involved in marketing and public relations too. All of that considered, you don’t even need to go into a field related to English.

The healthcare field isn't closed off to English majors. You don’t need to major in Biology to become a doctor or a dentist. By either completing the prerequisites in college or applying to a post-baccalaureate program centered around health care, English majors can break into medical school and other graduate schools to prepare for a health-related career.

By being an English major, you’ve developed a great set of communication skills that will be invaluable to you in whichever career path you end up in. So, to the chatty woman I sat next to on the plane, to the well-meaning relatives curious about my collegiate career, to all my dumbfounded classmates in the Sciences: no, I do not intend on teaching.

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Every Time I See A College Tour Group Walk By I Just Want to Scream 'It's a TRAAAPP!'

The tour guide is good - they're just a liar.

It's officially that time of year - anywhere you walk on campus, there's bound to be a gaggle of parents and befuddled high school students winding their way through building after building. In front of them stands an overenthusiastic tour guide, spouting off statistics about the school so fast they'll make your head spin.

Unfortunately, what the tour guide says doesn't exactly line up with what goes on at the school. Oh, the things we students wish we could shout out to the parents as they pass by.

1. "You'll get sick of the dining!"

It may look like there's something new to eat every single day, but by the end of the semester, you'll be sick of everything except the things closest at home.

2. "I'm only here for the free t-shirts!"


3. "IT'S A TRAP!"

Seriously, part two. You get two of three things: a social life, sleep, or good grades. Whoever said you could have all three is lying.

4. "Welcome to the real world, suckers!"

It's got confrontation, taking care of yourself, and formal emails. (Which, of course, your professor will respond with 'k thnx bai' sent from their iPhone.)

5. "Say goodbye to sleep!"

There are three types of people on campus: tea drinkers, coffee drinkers, and people with energy drinks running through their veins.


Check all of your housing options before you move in. The dorm they're showing you might be the worst housing area on campus.


You're getting squat. Free tuition? Try the tune of $13k a year. Or more. Depending.

8. "The library is NOT the best study place."

Depending on your major, there are several places for you to study that aren't the library.

9. "The health center sucks!"

True fact: word through the grapevine is that someone once got antibiotics for a sprained ankle.You may as well sell that leg on the black market to cover the costs.

10. "Believe the roommate horror stories!"

All random roommates are horrible unless proven otherwise. (But be wary of everyone.)

11. "SI (student instructor) sessions are useless."

You will learn nothing . Chances are you'll end up correcting the instructor.

12. "The freshman fifteen is optional."

Some people don't gain it at all, and some people really gain it. It's up to you.

13. "You'll need a car!!"

If, for some reason you can't pay for the overpriced parking pass, find a friend who can.

14. "Hookup culture is real!"

But it's not for everyone. Just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean you have to.

15. "Campus jobs are a myth!"

Campus job? What's a campus job? Do you have work-study? No? No job for you. Have you tried the local coffee shop?

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