To The English Majors When People Tear Your Major Down

To The English Majors When People Tear Your Major Down

Be confident in your decision.
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You know you are an English major if you run on little amounts of sleep, read millions of books a year, write thousands of papers, and likely run on coffee. I cannot tell you the number of corny English jokes I know. I try to tell them to my science major friends and they look at me like I have three heads.

Yes, English is a great thing to major in but the problems that come with it are impeccable. You are one of the college students that people hear your major and they look at you with confusion. Trust me, I am about to go into my senior year and when people ask, I get the same look every single time. Then they ask me what on earth will I do with it or what will my career be? I get asked this question a lot. It is because if you hear nursing major you assume the person will be a nurse, you hear English and you assume confusion or teacher.

Stay strong. I know it is hard with a lot of negativity but you became an English major for a reason. Use that confidence and tell people the many options you have for work. People cannot write properly these days, so many companies want people simply because we can write well. Be proud of who you are and your love for reading and writing.

Yes, it can be discouraging. Life is hard. I'm not going to lie to you about that. Finding a job post-graduation isn't easy, there aren't many majors out there that do make it easy to get a job. The great thing is we have people like J.K. Rowling to admire.

She came from literally nothing and is one of the best-selling authors in the world. J.K. Rowling is a very respected author, as she should be, and looking at her life shows us that anything is possible. It is important to be realistic, but at the same time dream like you have never dreamed before. Make a plan and tell the skeptics that you have it.


Never let anyone stop you from chasing your dreams. I have written two complete novels and I am working on my 3rd. Everyone has told me to give up, that in this world I won't make it. But I, like J.K. Rowling, has something to fight for – a passion for writing that keeps me going. Find your passions, and once you do, run with them. Go to the ends of the earth to discover the person you could be and not the person you used to be or the person the world expects you to be. Let your creativity fly and show the world what English majors are made of.

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.
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Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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17 Pieces Of Advice From The Most Iconic Women Characters In Television

Their wisdom is priceless.

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For many of us, this time of the year is crunch time: we're losing motivation, but we have to push through in order to survive. We've been working hard for the entire semester (or maybe even the whole year, if you're that ambitious), but we're starting to burn out.

Personally, my burn-out period has been defined by binge-watching television to avoid accomplishing any actual assignments. Although this may seem unproductive to the naked eye, it actually has encouraged me to push through my difficulties and persevere. Sometimes you need a fresh perspective, and watching the lives of my favorite female characters continues to motivate me. There are plenty of quotes that are particularly influential, but a select few from these incredible women really speak to me.

1. Jane Gloriana Villanueva, Jane the Virgin

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To teach you that when you're overwhelmed, sometimes all you have to do is just breathe through it.

2. Sheila Jackson, Shameless (US)

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As a reminder that it's okay to mess up, as long as you learn from it.

3. April Ludgate, Parks and Recreation

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When I don't know how to study for a test, this teaches me the tools that I need.

4. Rebecca Bunch, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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Making sure you know that you have a support system you can turn to when it gets too hard.

5. Marisol Gonzales, Orange is the New Black

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Just a reminder to be humble in all of your accomplishments.

6. Robin Scherbatsky, How I Met Your Mother

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Showing the importance of honesty with all people in life.

7. Topanga Lawrence, Boy Meets World

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Always illustrating the true meaning of love, even if my personal love life is practically nonexistent during finals week.

8. Cece Parikh, New Girl

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Encouraging you to push through all of the struggles this time of the year may bring.

9. Liz Lemon, 30 Rock

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To show that it's okay to spend a night studying for an exam instead of going out.

10. Kimmy Schmidt, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Although I do think that smiling during a math exam might make people think you're a little strange.

11. Cristina Yang, Grey's Anatomy

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To remind me that I'm worth more than my eye bags right now.

12. Tyra Banks, America's Next Top Model

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This may seem generic, but we all know it means so much more coming from Tyra Banks.

13. Kate Pearson, This is Us

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Serving as motivation to improve, because who says you can't raise that 68 to a 94?

14. Carla Espinosa, Scrubs

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Whether that's your friend, a potential love interest, or your professor after your fifth time going to office hours.

15. Phoebe Buffay, Friends

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I know it's hard to not hate the pressure, the stress, and school in general, but try to keep a positive mindset.

16. Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Winfrey Network

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Anything Oprah says is truth, so use this her wisdom as your main source of motivation.

17. Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project

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You are stronger than you think you are.

You will make it through this difficult time, and you will be better for it. Tyra Banks said so.

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