Going home for Thanksgiving is always great, but somewhere in between passing the cranberry sauce and dessert, things can get a bit… difficult. Here are five questions English majors are tired of being asked.
1. Wow it must be nice to have such an easy course load. Oh yeah, preparing a presentation on Pericles, writing a paper on women’s reading habits during the British Romantic Period, reading about 40 pages on disability theory, writing a fifteen page short story and a twenty-page film is just a piece of cake.
2. So do you just read Shakespeare all day? Sometimes, yes. But we also read Chaucer, Austen, Faulkner, Morrison, Freud, and many more.
3. I wish I had time to read like you. Oh yes, reading twenty pages of Foucault is exactly what I do to wind down after a long, stressful day.
4. It must be great not having to study for finals. It is, except that I still need to write about 80 pages in final papers.
5. Aren’t you worried about being unemployed after college? Yes. But aren’t we all?
6. So… law school? For some of us, yes. But many of us have career plans that have nothing to do with law. And like the rest of the student body, many of us are still figuring it out.