Remember that part in Avenue Q where Princeton has recently graduated from college and he starts singing about his useless English degree? In case you have never seen the show, or don’t have a clue what I am talking about, here is the song.
Anyway, here is a little personal story coming from someone who spent years in school getting that same useless degree.
About 10 years ago, I went to see Avenue Q on Broadway with my older brother. My brother, playing the role of…well…teasing big brother, looked at me after this part, pointed at me, and burst out laughing. That got me to thinking…first of all, why is my brother such a butt hole (j/k…love you), and secondly, did I really get a useless degree?
Well, 10 years later, I am here to tell you that getting a BA in English was the best decision I ever made. Seriously. Here are just a few ways going down the liberal arts path blessed my life, and can bless yours too, if you play your cards right.
1. It Helps You Get Into Graduate School
Before we jump right into some of the more obvious reasons why getting a BA in English is a good career move, let’s talk about some of the less obvious reasons.
As you are getting a BA in English, you will write paper after paper after paper after paper after paper (get the point?). In fact, it will end up becoming so easy that you can practically do it in your sleep and still manage to get a passing grade.
As you are applying for graduate school, this will pay off 2-fold. First, the writing section of the GRE will be a cinch. You’ll actually have to study for the math and verbal part, but you can rest assured that if you’ve learned how to write in college, you’ll come out on top when it comes to kicking the GRE’s booty.
Second, you will impress the admissions council with your entrance essay. It’s truly difficult for many people to write a good entrance essay. However, if you have learned how to write well in college, your entrance essay will bring the admission’s office to tears, and they will be clamoring to get you to come study.
These are obviously valuable if you plan on furthering your education. It’s just a fact that graduate schools like English majors.
2. It Will Help You Write Your Thesis
Another reason to major in English is you will go through the aches and pains of learning to write long before it becomes an extremely essential part of your education.
In graduate school, my professors and thesis council constantly complimented me on how well written my thesis was. They mentioned how refreshing it was to read a thesis that needed very little editing and made sense. When all was said and done, my department awarded me with the Best Thesis Of The Year Award. I was pleased, grateful, and once again, proud to have a background in English.
Additionally, while my friends were pulling their hair out about writing a thesis, I wasn’t worried about it. In fact, it was kind of easy for me. I simply applied basic writing techniques to tackle this large project. In short, I mapped out a 2 year research schedule, broke it up into little chunks, and made sure to stick to my writing deadlines.
3. It Will Help You In Your Career
Before I started freelance writing, I worked in the corporate world for about 10 years. While I primarily worked creating content, conducting trainings, and speaking Russian, I was known as someone who could quickly and easily edit a document or write up a quick blurb. I eventually started moonlighting as a freelancer to keep up with requests people would make for me.
It’s nice to develop a talent for writing, and as you show off your writing skills, it will help you move up in the corporate world.
4. It Will Help You Start Your Own Business
Finally, and I can’t stress this enough, there is no better time than now to become a freelance writer. The Internet is booming, businesses must exist on the Internet, and to get visibility on search engines, companies must have robust website content. If you take a minute and do that math, you’ll realize that there is a ton of work for freelance writers.
People need good writers, and are willing to pay the price to hire someone to put out good content for them.
If you’ve majored in English and know how to write, now is the perfect time to start your freelance writing company.
In conclusion, I can finally say to Princeton from Avenue Q, “There are so many things you can do with a BA in English to make money and pay your rent. Carry on, buddy.”
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