The Question All English Majors Are Tired Of Hearing

The Question All English Majors Are Tired Of Hearing

Yes, our major is relevant and important and will lead to a stable job. Thank you for your concern.
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One of the questions college students get asked the most is “What year are you?” That’s a simple enough question. And right after that usually comes some variation of “What’s your major?” Again, easy. But for English majors, there’s almost always a third, much harder question: “What do you plan to do with your major?”

Get a job. That’s what I plan to do.

For some reason, people seem to believe that if you are getting a degree in English, you must be planning to teach. Otherwise, English must be a pointless degree. What else could you possibly need a thorough understanding of our written language for? Don’t get me wrong, some English majors do wish to teach and that’s wonderful. But that’s most definitely not the only option. That’s more like a single option in a whole Olympic size swimming pool of options. So, generally speaking, when people ask my major, I don’t say English. Instead, I tell people my concentration, creative writing. The confused looks rarely take long to appear. “Creative writing? What even is that? Do you want to write a novel or something?”

Well, yes, I do. Am I going to any time soon? Probably not. Writing a novel is not the only thing I can do with my degree. I really don’t even need a degree in creative writing to do that. It certainly has helped me learn how to craft a story, but many published authors—many critically acclaimed authors—never took a writing class in their life. Creative writing isn’t just storytelling. It’s writing outside the box. Magazines, newspapers, blogs, any form of communication really that’s about getting a point across in an interesting way, that’s me. That’s what I want to do. It’s screenplay, poetry, travel guides, playwriting. It’s writing freely. It’s writing what I want to write.

As I’ve entered my senior year and been asked more and more about my degree, I’ve discovered that many people believe the silly myth that English as a major isn’t very marketable. Sure, I can’t give you much help when it comes to math or chemistry or accounting…but if anyone who has a career in one of those fields need to write a document or textbook or speech, they’ll likely to turn to an editor. Or in other words, an English major. My degree has given me the skills to not only write well myself, but to write well for other people. Written communication is necessary in any field, and that’s exactly what I’m an expert at.

So no, I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be doing when I graduate. That’s okay. I’ve still got time. And I’ve certainly got options. English isn’t a pointless major. It’s a fundamental major. It’s a major that focuses on an essential part of our society—written communication. Social media is a prime example of how important that is. Our world communicates through platforms of text, sharing stories in a thousand different ways. Yes, maybe I don’t know what job I’ll have when I graduate. But I do know that I will be doing something I love, something I’m passionate about, and that’s what matters.

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There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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22 Things Parents Should Send Their Children At College, If They Love And Miss Them

We're getting to that point in the semester, y'all.

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Even though college students are just a little over a month into the spring semester, we are already feeling high amounts of stress over tests and papers. Nobody said college was going to be easy, and this statement is ringing truer and truer each day. So, to the parents, grandparents, or anybody else who loves us and cares about our well being, here are 22 things you should send us if you love and miss our presence.

1. Gift cards to the local grocery store. 

Preferably Walmart or Food Lion, since that's all we have here in Farmville, VA.

2. Room decor from the Target dollar section. 

Or anything from Target, for that matter. Some college towns don't have one of these glorious establishments, and we are experiencing withdrawals.

3. School supplies. 

You can never have too many sticky notes or colored pens.

4. Mints. 

Because some people need it after lunch, and gum is disgusting.

5. A cozy blanket. 

For those cold nights spent in the library until 2 in the morning.

6. A handwritten letter. 

These are one of my favorite things to get in the mail, and there is always something so sentimental about snail mail.

7. A giant box of fruit snacks...

Definitely one of my favorite grab and go snacks.

8. ... Or candy, in general. 

Preferably, gummies. But, I won't refuse chocolate candy either.

9. Cash. 

For those late night Taco Bell runs, or just to make us feel a little bit better about ourselves.

10.  A funny movie/DVD. 

There's something so simple and serene about watching a funny movie on a DVD player that brings us back to the less stressful times of our childhood.

11.  Hot chocolate mix. 

I always get random cravings for hot chocolate, but it's never enough to make me want to go buy a box of mix.

12.  Starbucks/Dunkin Donuts gift cards. 

Because the majority of our lives revolve around coffee, and sometimes our Keurigs just don't cut it.

13.  Peanut butter crackers. 

These are so quick and easy to eat between classes (or if you're like me, IN class).

14.  Scent diffuser. 

This can be even better if you send a scent that reminds us of home.

15.  Hair ties. 

For some reason, I only own about five at a time because I am always losing these!

16.  Homemade cookies/brownies. 

These always make me so happy knowing my mom took time out of her busy day to think of me and bake yummy treats.

17.  Gift cards for our favorite online shopping stores. 

What better way to relieve stress than buy clothes you don't need?

18.  Nail polish. 

You can never have too many bottles of the same shade of pink.

19.  Mug warmer. 

These help keep your cup of coffee warm for long periods of time so you don't end up wasting such a sacred drink.

20.  Lysol wipes/hand sanitizer. 

I go both of these things at an alarming rate because some places are just plain disgusting.

21.  Band-aids. 

No one ever really thinks of buying these, but they work for so many more reasons than their typical use.

22.  iTunes gift card. 

For all those "educational apps" our professors tell us to buy. *wink wink*

Every college student loves getting a care package in the mail, so if you really love and miss us, please send one our way!

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