I have confession to make. I am a recent college graduate with an English degree, and I just read Jane Eyre for the first time. I know, I know. How could I have not read it before? Honestly, I don’t know because I really enjoyed it.
Grammar can be an English major’s best friend or worst enemy. For me, it has been both. As English majors, we are expected to know how to properly construct a sentence. However, we are all human and make mistakes. We forget certain rules. The following, taken from Your Dictionary, is a refresher course on some rules of grammar:
Imagine the moment you walk across the stage, shake the hand of the president of the university, and receive your diploma. You’ve done it. You’ve earned your Bachelor of Arts in English. You move the tassel from the right side of your cap to the left. You’ve graduated.
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this phrase. People ask me all the time what I’m majoring in, in college. When I tell them I’m an English major, I always get that question. Usually, I just smile and nod; however, it has made realize how misinformed people are about jobs for English majors. Teaching isn’t the only thing we can do.
The answer to this is yes! Internships can be very valuable because they show employers that you have experience; they can determine whether or not you get a job. Some places of employment look for people with prior experience in that field; internships can provide that experience. Depending on the type of internship it is, it could turn into a career.
This is often a topic of discussion among English majors. Which one is better? The answer is simple: It all depends on what you want to do after graduation. If you want to be an author, poet, novelist, etc. the creative writing courses are going to be a better fit. If you want to write technical documents such as grant proposals, research proposals, manuals, procedural documents, etc. the technical writing classes will be good courses to take.
Many English majors choose to take technical writing classes, but they also write creatively on the side. A friend told me that every English major secretly works on writing a book, a poem, or a play, etc. I think he was right. By nature, we love to write and tell stories.
Deciding on a major and picking out a college were the stressful parts of the process. Now, the fun part begins: it’s time to pick out classes. For me, this was the most exciting part of college. I loved looking over the class description and seeing what I would be learning. Unfortunately, this is my last semester, and I won’t be picking out new classes anymore.
Depending on what type of English degree you’re getting, you’ll need to pick classes that will benefit you the most. For example, I am getting an English degree in the writing track. Hence, many of my classes have a lot of writing.
I also had to select classes that would benefit me most in the workforce. So, I chose to take a lot of technical writing classes. I learned how to write memos, how to write grant proposals, how to write research proposals, how to write procedural documents, etc. My adviser told me those skills were extremely valuable to potential employers.
You’ve decided to major in English. Congratulations! Now comes the hard part. Now comes the time to choose the right college. There are many factors that go into choosing the right school. They include distance from home, cost, and reputation of the school, etc. Perhaps the most important factor is their English program. After all, the program will be a key factor in getting a job after graduation. A good English program leads to getting a great job.
Ivy League Schools
Of course, there are the Ivy League schools: Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, and the like. However, these are private institutions and cost money. They are also very prestigious and extremely hard to get into. According to the Harvard Admission’s page, only 2,106 people were admitted out of 39,041 to the class of 2020. The total cost to attend Yale University is $68, 230 for the 2016-2017 school year. Let’s be realistic; most perspective college students will not be going to an Ivy League school.
Some people may be wondering why studying English is a good idea. Some people may think that English majors can only get a job as a teacher. Others will say, “English students won’t be able to get a good job. They should study a subject where they have a better chance at getting a good, high paying job. For example: Math, Science, Medicine, or Law”. However, they don’t realize how much a degree in English has to offer.
My blog will focus on what studying English is like and getting jobs related to that degree. However, it is important to tell you about my decision to major in English.
Why I Majored in English
It took me a while to decide what I wanted to study in college. I had dreams and aspirations of doing something worthwhile and meaningful. I also wanted to study something I love and was passionate about.