The Daily Trials of an English Major: Romance! Action! Peer-Editing!

The Daily Trials of an English Major: Romance! Action! Peer-Editing!

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Courtney Guth is going to reveal the secrets of English majors. SPOILER ALERT: she mentions literary devices! —Sparkitors

In the words of my ever-so-hilarious sassy friend: “Look at your life! Look at your choices! What? What? What are you doing?” Upon entering college, I was faced with the same questions. What should I do with my life? Underwater basket-weaving and professional Quidditch were my first choices, but they don't exactly pay the bills. As I was editing a friend’s paper, I had an epiphany! “I shall teach English!!” I yelled. Well, I didn’t really yell, since I was in the library, but a little light bulb did go off over my head.

I’ve always loved reading, and writing, so teaching English seemed like a natural choice. Why not force-share my love with others? I could become the cool teacher. The one who wears ironic t-shirts. The one who makes learning fun and enjoyable. The one who inspires others in the form of a clichéd movie scene. (Observe that fabulous use of anaphora! Don't know what anaphora is? Have no fear! Future English teacher is here!)  In that moment, I knew what I had to do. I met with my advisor and officially declared my double major as Secondary Education English.

It should be interesting being an English major at a school nationally ranked for Engineering. Yay for being a minority! While most of my friends spend their time solving math problems, I’ll be declaring my love for grammar. (Seriously, I am the grammar snob about whom your mother warned you.) I’m looking forward to the plethora of classes available to me…the only problem will be fitting them all in my schedule. However, I had the best day ever when I found out I never have to suffer through another math class again. That's quite fine by me; I’m an English Major. You do the math.

Math is one thing up with which we will not put. Who else out there is an English major?

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