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The humanity student who couldn’t be told what to do

PHOTO COURTESY — KATELYN BETROVSKII always thought professors were people who lived to inspire, saturate us with knowledge, and assist us in finding our place in the intimidating world of careers and endless options.

I was wrong, however. Some will tell you lies that work to extinguish your dreams. Do not listen to them. Do not accept limits. This is your life, and you have the right to do whatever you want with it. The only one who can suppress your potential is yourself.

The purpose of this article is not to criticize those who actually have a calling to teach. This article is for those who do not want to teach, but are told it’s the safest bet. This is for those majoring in certain humanity subjects, specifically English.

If all we can do is teach, then that means there’s a never ending cycle of: go to grade school, go to college, leave college only to return to school to teach the next batch of students who will enter college, learn to teach, then teach to live. It’s a cycle of people who will never see the outside of a school building. It’s a cycle that makes no sense and holds no validity.

It’s possible to enter the real world. We can transcend these limits.

"An English degree lets you choose from many different employments sectors and occupations. Many English graduates follow careers in management or administration, either for a company or for the government.” This quote is from The site also says, “there is a huge amount of variety in English-graduate career choices: legal, financial, and sales positions are also popular."

An option for employment is to be an editorial director. They make twice as much as a grade school teacher, according to salary statistic websites. You can be a speech writer for politicians, a song writer for the stars, you can write screen plays for hit movies, you can research, analyze, report, publish, interpret, design, communicate, and specialize.

If you have what it takes, you can even write a New York Times bestseller. Why not? Everyone has an imagination and a story to tell.

This school offers courses that are rich, varied and challenging. After taking about 45 classes, your brain is very exercised; it’s ready to win a marathon. So, why would you want to settle for a dull stroll down a tired, worn-out road?

Sure, you may lose the marathon if you’re not willing to exert enough effort. You may get a cramp, trip or exhaust yourself, but if you really want to win, it will all be worth it. Yes, strolling is a lot safer. But, if you have the drive, motivation, passion and skills you can win.

“English majors tend to be more passionate about their education.... An English degree signals to employers that a job candidate cares about more than just money. ... Companies value English graduates for these traits.” This is from the University of Illinois Springfield website. They discuss how those with English degrees have been taught to communicate, analyze and think effectively. They’re skilled at finding new ways to understand all that they experience. They’re analytic and creative and can offer fresh ideas that logical, math-type minds cannot.

From the day we discover our passion for the written word, opportunities materialize all around us. There are many groups around this campus who look for original stories and poems to publish. Siren, Temper and the Jack are three examples. All you have to do is e-mail them, and suddenly, you’re a published writer! You can also visit the school newspaper’s office and tell them you want to write an article. They encourage you and are very willing to publish you.

Then, there are internships. You can find them at nearly every publishing company, national and local. Some are paid, some are unpaid and many require next to no experience.

“A writing concentration? All you can do with that is be a secretary.” As you have learned, this is not true. There are so many options out there, if you’re willing to search. If you’re also willing to work really hard, you can make that money that they say you can’t make with such a degree.

Someone once said I’ll never make any money, and if I wanted to I’d have to switch to accounting or engineering. He said there were only two career choices for me: secretary or teacher. Never live guided by the poor opinion of others. 
I feel very optimistic and excited about going forward an English Major. I’ll never let anyone make me regret this choice. I can’t wait to get out there and never accept unnecessary limitations and bad advice. 

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