“Jane Eyre”

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.

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What’s Better: Technical vs. Creative Writing

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.

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The Fun Part: Picking Out Classes

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.

My Classes

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.

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The Right College

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.

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English At A Glance

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.

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