What An English Degree Means to Me

Happy Saturday!

Since I am only a couple days away from starting my very first day of university and English degree, I thought it would be a nice idea to give you a little more insight on why exactly I chose to do an English degree.

I mean, when I tell people I am doing an English degree, I am hit with one of these many responses:

  1. What are you going to do with that?
  2. What CAN you do with that?
  3. Are you going to be a teacher?
  4. Hmm, and you’re spending how much?

There is a huge stigma around English degrees and that they are worthless. However, most university degrees nowadays are worthless unless you have the experience to back it up because pretty much anyone can get a degree. So, really, my English degree isn’t much of a gamble as opposed to every other degree you can get.

Yes, an English degree is a little more…uncertain because there aren’t just one or two jobs it leads you to. You have to get creative. You have to think outside the box. If you do that, there is an endless amount of opportunities with an English degree as opposed to going into med school or engineering or chemistry. When you pursue a degree in medicine, there is basically one type of job awaiting you at the end. A doctor. You can choose what type of doctor, but nonetheless, you find yourself in a hospital or maybe even a pharmacy.

To be honest, I am not entirely sure what job I want once I finish my degree, but that’s because there are so many options. Maybe I will do something related to publishing. Maybe I will write for magazines. Maybe I will become a social media coordinator. There are so many options that appeal to me, that it’s going to take me a while to figure out. That doesn’t mean I am any less qualified for the “real world” than someone going into engineering. It doesn’t mean I have a higher chance of being jobless as opposed to someone getting a business degree.

Success in this day and age of technology and advanced living is reached with ambition. If you are ambitious and constantly working towards your career, whether that means doing internships in the summers between school or making it a side hustle until you finish school, success will eventually reach you. The fancy degree at the end of it is a nice addition to it though. It tells your future employers that someone deemed you qualified enough to be a viable addition to the workforce. However, it is the experience you have that will catch their eye the most.

If you have already worked at a veterinary clinic as a receptionist or assistant to the vet. If you have interned at a publishing house and brought coffee to the workers while observing over their shoulders. If you play a gig a week at the local coffee shop down the street, then your experience will be noticed more by an employer than a thin slip of paper that says you spent four, sleepless years handing in assignments and taking exams with three cups of coffee are pumping in your veins.

My point is, that to me, my English degree will help me kick down that door at the end of these four years to a world of opportunity (as cheesy at that sounds). With all my writing experience, this degree will just add that yes, she can actually write decently in English and more than person says so.

Don’t let anyone tell you how much your degree is worth because what do they know? What does an engineering student know about the literary world,? Nothing! What does a business student know about creative writing and the huge world it opens up into? Absolutely nothing! You and the other people wandering in this literary world do understand though. With some creativity and experience, your degree will help to elevate you into success. It isn’t worthless, it’s just unpredictable. But that’s okay.

And that is what my English degree means to me.

That is all for my little spout on what my English degree means to me, and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what you are currently majoring in if you are in university/college, or what you majored in when you did go because I am very curious. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Also, if you want to support me, buy me a coffee with the link below! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Books I Want to Read Before College

Yesterday was my first day of senior year which means time is ticking before I finally go to college. I thought it would be fun to make a list of books I really want to read (or re-read) before college, because I know when it starts I won’t have much time for reading. Not only will I be trying to handle all the school work given to me this year though, but I also want to keep working on my own writing projects and my blog. So, today I compiled a list of 6 books I want have to read this year and here they are!

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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This is a MASSIVE fantasy book that has received so much amazing hype. However, I still haven’t read it. I own it so I could read it whenever but to be honest, it is really intimidating. I do want to get to it ASAP though because I know I will not be able to dedicate time to read this in the future, and want to make sure I read it when I have time, which is right now. Children of Blood and Bone like I said, is a YA fantasy book influenced by West African mythology and that is about as much as I know but enough for me to be really excited to dive into it.

The Dark Artifices triology by Cassandra Clare

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This is easily my favourite trilogy and while the third book has yet to come out (December though!), I know I will love it just as much as I have the other two. These books are just filled with rich and amazing characters and plot, twisting and turning without leaving you behind and always making you want more. I haven’t given these books a re-read in a while but I really want to before the third and final installment comes out in a few months! They are really big so they might take me a bit to get through but I am determined.

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

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I have never been a huge reader of the classics but I really want to put in the effort and try. That is the reason I want (and kind of need) to read this book this year because I have been thinking of studying English in college and if I liked classics it would be a much more enjoyable experience. I have heard the synopsis of this story many times and love it, so I feel like if I stick to it I will love the actual book itself just as much!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Another classic but I actually did try to read this one before. I believe I got around 50 pages into it but then put it down because not a lot was happening. In the book’s defense, it isn’t a YA fantasy book or anything like that, or even anything similar to a YA contemporary. I think I went in with that head space even though I knew it wouldn’t be anything like that because that is just what I am used to reading. If I go into it with fresh eyes and an open mind though, I think I could enjoy it just like a lot of others seem to!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby is a super short book and I have only heard great things…plus, it comes with the movie adaptation starring Leonardo Di Caprio so it is a must read I think. I have taken this book out before but never got around to reading it as one does when they take out too many books from the library. However, because of its incredibly short length I don’t really have an excuse during this year for not reading it. Even if I am busy, I should be able to fit it in and get it read before my senior year is over.

Those are some of the major books I want and NEED to get to before college next year and I hope you enjoyed! If you have read any of these books let me know what you thought about them, and also give me some more recommendations! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts all linked down below 🙂

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