The first thing that struck me during my first literature class was its unique structure compared to my other classes. In an English class, you do more than just attend a lecture. You engage in the texts and open discussion with the professors and other students. As an English student, I have had many classes that have interested and challenged me. During my time at LMU, I have learned to be confident in myself as a student and a writer. I have also found a group of students that share my interests and encourage me to participate in student organizations. I want to share how an English class is structured and my experiences when I first became an English major. Continue reading
Before you dive into your books, you need to make your schedule. But before you can make your schedule, you need to meet with your advisor and get an idea of what classes you want to take. There are a lot of classes to choose from, so you will need to make sure you take the ones you are most interested in and apply to your major. In today’s post, I will go over meeting with your advisor and some of the classes you will take on the freshman and sophomore level. Continue reading
As an English major, I am often questioned about my future career plans. Sometimes, I find that I am questioned by individuals who have no business in my future endeavors, and sometimes I am annoyed because I am a fairly introverted person and do not always want to talk about my life to a complete stranger. However, I most often encounter people who just assume I will be a teacher. Education is a great field for a variety of degrees, and I respect anyone brave enough to go into it. I am not one of these brave people. I am going a different way with my degree and believe me when I say there are plenty of different paths for me to choose from. In this post, I will share a few different paths that you can take with an English degree.
Are you looking for something in the business field? With an English degree you can find careers in human resources, marketing, management, and much more. English majors have to lean to engage in critical discussions
and explain their ideas with one another. Creativity and critical thinking are important aspects in business if not life in general. I know a few English majors who have taken out minors in business, marketing, and accounting.
I also know people who major in one of these other areas and minor in English. These are all very compatible with English because the student can combine what he or she learns in English with business. This is not what I have chosen to do, but it is still a great option.
Information Services and Library Science
English is a great precursor for a library and information science degree, as it is for many other degrees. This also happens to be my area of choice. With this degree you can work in libraries,
museums, hospitals, medical school, research labs, and so on. Of course, research is a great component in any setting. I can assure you will have to do research some point in your life. In fact, I would be surprised if you have not done any yet. If you are good at finding and utilizing information then is a good area to explore. I have always liked searching databases to find articles to read. Libraries have some of the best databases, so I always found myself in the library growing up. I have always loved the library; it is a place full of free books, after all.
Writing and Publishing
This one may be a bit obvious, but many English majors have careers in writing and publishing. You can find a career in social media or you can write the next great novel. You could work for a publishing agency or you can open your own. Many of you know that I love to read and write (most people with blogs enjoy writing to some extent). I want to write and work in a library. English is great for both careers. Maybe I’m biased, (I’m defiantly biased) but English had got to be the greatest degree ever!
Others: Law, Religion, Politics, Education
A few other options for English majors are jobs in law, religion, political science, and education. Who said there were no career opportunities for English majors? You can become anything from a politician to a priest. What other degrees have that kind of variety? English is a flexible degree and that is one reason I chose it. I feel like I have options with English, and I can take classes I enjoy. I get a lot of eye rolls when I tell people I am an English major, but these are not people I feel compelled to prove myself to. I understand that choosing your major can be a frightening experience for some; it was for me. Ultimately, your major is up to you. You are the only person who can make yourself happy, so just pick what you want. It does not matter what the guy who sits beside you in your statistics class thinks about your choice; chances are you do not even know his/her name.
English is a great degree, and I can tell you that I enjoy being an English major. If you are interested in English but are not sure then take a few writing and literature classes. If you do not like them then you can try something else. I personally have no regrets.
Are you thinking about becoming an English major? If you are, continue to read my series! If you have any questions leave me a comment. As always, like my post and check back every other Wednesday for a new one!
Welcome to my new series! I am now near the end of my student career at LMU and it is hard to believe how far I have come. When I was younger I never imagined I would be where I am today. When I first decided to become an English major I was full of doubt. I kept second-guessing my decision, but now I am glad I decided on English. After my first literature course I had no doubt that the English department was where I belonged. Now that I am almost finished with my degree, I have decided to start this series so I can share all my experiences as an English student with you. In this post I will cover the process of picking a major and meeting students and teachers in your department. Let’s begin! Continue reading
In most of my posts I have covered everything from student life to writing papers to music. I have given advice on how to reduce stress while writing as well as sharing a few of my own interests. However I have never shared why I love to write. I write because I simply love it. Writing just seems as natural to me as breathing. However I know it is not this way for everyone and I know there are people out there who cringe just at the thought of writing something. In this post, I will tell you everything writing does for me and why I love it!
Writing is the only stress relief I know of. Some people stress eat, others exercise, but I write. I call this
stress writing. I do not know what I would do if I could not stress write. I would probably have gone twice as insane as I already am. I am too lazy to stress exercise, and I lose my appetite when I am upset, so I would have probably starved by now if I did not write. To me there is nothing better than the clicking of my keys when I need to relax. What do I write when I am stressed you may ask. Well I write five hundred word sentences, a method of writing introduced to me by LMU’s Writer in Residence, Darnell Arnoult. You see, if I am anxious I am not going to take the time to write a well thought out story or essay. I am going to write a complete mess and then see if I can salvage anything from it later. If you want to give this five hundred word sentence a try, get a pen and some paper, or sit down at your computer and start writing and do not stop until you have at least five hundred words. You will be surprised by where your mind takes you.
When I say I love to write, I do no mean that it is easy for me to write a scholarly research paper for one of my literature classes. I do however almost always end up enjoying writing these even though I do not
always look forward to doing it. But I always look forward to creative writing. I love to write because I love to create. When I write I can create new places, new people, new creatures; my mind is my only limit. I enjoy creative writing so much that I take the creative writing classes offered at LMU. These classes are taught by Darnell Arnoult and you do not have to be an English Major to take these classes, you just have to love writing!
I am also part of LMU’s creative writing club, Wolfpen that meets every Tuesday night at 8:00 PM. If you are interesting in joining Wolfpen make sure you drop by one night! We require no writing material for you to bring. During our meetings we come up with prompts and then write on each prompt for fifteen minutes. Then we share but if you are uncomfortable with reading out loud we will not force you to. Wolfpen is great way to meet other student writers and there is also be plenty of snacks, tea, and coffee!
Why I Blog
It is probably not obvious why I blog when I take seventeen hours in classes a semester, play in three different bands, am in a sorority (ZTK), am a part of the Emancipator, do work study, and have a weekend job. And as an English major you would probably presume that I have more than enough writing to keep me busy! Yeah I have a busy schedule, but I know there are people out there way busier than I am. I blog because I genuinely like to, but also because it gives me the chance to share my experiences as an undergrad student with the rest of the LMU student body. I do not pretend to be an exceptionally interesting person. I go through the same stuff every other student does: I stay up way to late, I procrastinate, I drink way too much coffee, and I eat IGA brand pizza because I can’t afford normal pizza anymore. The only difference is that I feel compelled to share it with you. I blog to let other students know they are not the only ones staying up until two in the morning to read for their 8:00 AM class because I know that sometimes it feels like your alone. If you are interesting in blogging for LMU contact our editor Sam Myers, and do not be nervous because she is the best editor you could ever ask for!
Writing for me is a way of life. I cannot go a day without it. Believe me, I have plenty to write about. What I write on here is just a small fraction of what I do every day. If you want to give writing a try then do it; you have nothing to lose. You may just be surprise at all you have to say.
Do you love to write? Are you interested in becoming a blogger or joining Wolfpen? If so just let me know and I will help you any way I can! As always, like my post and check back every other Wednesday for a new one!
Christmas is over and a new school year is just around the corner! So who is ready for Spring 2015? I will be the first to admit that I do not like the spring semester as well as the fall. I have always suspected it might have something to do with the shorter break we get before the term. During summer break you get a few months to recuperate but Christmas break is just enough time to catch your breath. I am not by any means saying that we do not have a long enough break, I think we get plenty of time off for Christmas. It just seems short compared to summer. I have also never liked cold weather. I like to be warm! However I wanted to write about the upcoming spring semester because it will be my last spring semester at LMU. I do not graduate until next December but I will not be returning for another Spring semester after that. So in this post I thought I would share my spring semester knowledge with you and give you some tips on how to survive the cold! Continue reading
It is finally Christmas! I don’t know about you, but I am excited that it is so close! I, like many others, love Christmas; it is absolutely one of my favorite holidays. I love watching Christmas movies, decorating the tree, looking at lights, and wrapping presents. Christmas is such an exciting holiday that it is difficult not to get excited when it finally arrives. There are all sorts of festivities that it is hard not to get caught up in all the excitement. Whether you are going to Dollywood to look at all their Christmas lights or if you are simply just putting up the tree and wrapping presents, you are definitely going to be busy this time of the year. The most important part of Christmas, however, is spending time with your friends and family. It can be so easy to get caught up in gift wrapping and decorating that you forget the actual purpose of Christmas, spending time with the people you love. So in this post I am going to share a few things I do with my family over Christmas. Continue reading