I’ve got three words. DON’T DO IT!!
Back in 2014, when I decided to change my major to English no one could have convinced me to do otherwise. Many people asked, “well what will you do with that degree. You need to choose something that will make your college investment more worthwhile.” I didn’t listen and boy, has it backfired and in a bad way. I struggled getting internships during my college career. Even during the time thereafter, I could not find a job after actually graduating. If I got a job in New York, it would not be worth the stress of commute, commuter costs, double taxation and the plain old hustle and bustle.
They say it is not what you know but who you know especially in these economic times. Unfortunately, as much as this is believable I have found it truly depends on the individual’s circumstances. I am one of the most social people out here that any one of you could know but it hasn’t helped me. It could be due to people’s jealousy or personal lives but I haven’t had the help that I expected to get. It’s amazing how many contacts I thought I had but who weren’t there when I needed them the most. Reference letters from former professors that I had formed bonds with helped me to an extent to get into grad school but no one actually helped me find an actual job.
All this being said, I would say it’s much better to do an English minor rather than a English degree. I’ve definitely benefited from the writing courses I took at my college in terms of improving my writing but it came at a price. I currently work part time job that has nothing to do with my degree. On the plus side, I have 20 hours of the week to dedicate to writing. I am still hoping that I make it big some day and write that #1 best seller. Just thought I’d reaffirm what has already been said out here. Sometimes it pays to listen to the warning messages from others.
Maybe it’s just my current state of mind right now, but I’m really disappointed in myself. I can’t help thinking maybe I should have chosen a different road than the path I’ve already embarked on.