“An English degree? But what are you going to do with that?”
It’s a question we’ve all heard too many times. Too many people think we sit around in our ivory towers pontificating over poetry. Okay, we do that sometimes—and we love it. But while we’re at it, we’re also becoming experts in textual analysis, critical thinking, and argument development.
Lawyers spend all night poring over files to put together evidence for their cases. Then they spend all day in court building arguments to defend their clients. While poetry rarely features into this mix, the tasks lawyers perform are kissing cousins with those keeping literary scholars busy day and night.
So next time somebody asks how you’ll earn a living with an English degree, you can tell them the truth: while you’re busy doing what you love at school, you’re honing some of the most in-demand, marketable skills in today’s economy.
It’s okay if you want to throw in a round of “nyah nyah na poo poo” while you’re at it. We won’t judge.