I was an English major.
The conversation usually went like this:
What are you going to do with that– teach?
No, I’m not an English education major, just English.
So, like, you’re gonna … read and write? Good luck with that.
If I could re-do all those conversations, I’d answer differently now. When asked What are you going to do with that? my answer would be:
Whatever I want.
My English degree is going to teach me to think critically and communicate well, skills that any employer is going to want from his/her workers. I’m going to have my creativity stoked, my writing skills honed, and my worldview shaped and sharpened by reading the works and thoughts of some of the greatest minds in history. I’m going to be able to problem solve, think on my feet, fashion thoughtful responses and do it all with style. I can use my English degree as a stepping stone toward a graduate degree in a wide variety of fields, if I choose. Or I can choose to be gainfully employed by a company that needs a hard-working creative thinker.
And write my stories and poetry at night.
That’s what I’m going to do with my English major.