“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book– When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library”. -Caroline Bingley, Pride and Prejudice. This is one of my favorite quotes from the book.
Arguably, Jane Austen’s most beloved classic is a timeless romance. It has all the makings of a beautiful love story: a lovely English countryside setting, a headstrong female lead, and a prideful yet generous male hero.
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:
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.