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hi there! gosh okay it’s wild i have people asking me for life advice, i mean ofc it’s totally fine and i’m happy to answer as well as i can! i just don’t feel like a competent adult most of the time myself so take my answer with a grain of salt ;)
firstly, assuming you’re in america and by 20k you mean $20,000, I can tell you that (as sad a state of affairs as it is,) $20,000 is far, far lower than the average amount of debt students graduate with, nation-wide. personally, because I was able to get a decent scholarship and was extremely fortunate enough that my mom helped as much as she could with my fees, I graduated with around $30,000 in loans. among my friends, this was one of the lowest amounts.
if you are outside of the US i probably can’t give you an accurate answer since I’m not that familiar with other educational systems.
as far as majoring in English— seriously, all those horror stories, jokes about how useless the degree is, are utter bullshit, this I can promise you. if you do a quick google search on jobs for english majors, you’ll find a ton of good info from reputable sources— here’s one i really like that’s a fairly detailed list.
i’m sure you knew you could google though, so let me confirm with my own personal experience— I majored in english, and i dealt with four years of “oh so you want to teach, then?” from family and friends who don’t seem to realize that if you want to teach these days there’s a whole shiny degree for that all on its own.
anyway. i totally know where you’re coming from. but i can tell you personally that there is no shortage of diverse jobs that ask for “an english or communications degree, or similar.” now, to be clear, i’m not going to pretend the job market itself is great or that it will be a piece of cake to get hired once you’ve applied, but know that the jobs are out there. my first job after i graduated was an editorial assistant at a magazine publishing company, which entailed copywriting, proofreading, searching for content and posting it to our website, some social media, etc. I work at the same company now, but I’ve moved to the marketing department where I still do copywriting and proofreading and a whole slew of logistical shit. my best friend from college was also an english major and has managed to get a few different jobs as a copywriter and then in advertising.
the thing about jobs in marketing and advertising fields— virtually every type of business in every industry hires marketing people, so while it’s not “easy” to get any job these days, the chance that a company is hiring for these positions at any given time is pretty high. and what’s more— if my company is any indication at least— they are tending to hire young for these positions. turns out all that social media the boomers mock us for comes in real handy for marketing and selling stuff, and old people suck at it but we don’t ;) our marketing department is comprised of entirely 20 somethings, almost all of us with some form of english or humanities degree.
there’s also journalism, event planning, technical writing (like literally writing instructions and manuals, even text books), publishing, just off the top of my head. course if you do like the idea of teaching, you can continue english at the graduate level and be a professor. english is also a great undergrad major if you ever want to go to law school.
anyway! all this is to say there’s absolutely no job-related reason you should not major in english if that’s what you love and want to do. you will have a slew of options available to you, many you’ve never even thought about. please, please don’t let anyone’s lack of knowledge scare you away from pursuing a perfectly legitimate and useful degree. another piece of advice I’d give— choose a minor that combines well with english and aligns with a career goal you might have. for example, for journalism, marketing, PR, anything along those lines, a minor in communications or business works well. if you’re good at any of the sciences and choose that as a minor, you’ll have a really good basis for writing positions in the STM field. (I had a friend who wrote descriptions of medical equipment and made bank.) hope that makes sense!
as for not thinking you’re good enough at it, that’s not something I can give you concrete advice on without knowing you or your skill set, but it’s undoubtedly true that you’re always your own worst critic.
please remember as well that if you start taking your classes and find that it’s not for you, you will have plenty of time to change majors and still graduate on time. many students switch during their second year, many even during their third. that’s totally, completely okay, you don’t have to engrave anything in stone right now.
oh man I’ve been rambling for a while. i really really hope this helped a little! good luck sweet anon, and please feel free to come and update me as you move along your way.
You know how people always say that we (Americans) learn about the Holocaust in public school because it was a white people killing white people genocide? And then they use that to point to the fact that our education system/curriculum is painfully inadequate at showing non-western European history. And while that is obviously true (that our education system focuses on Western European history to the exclusion of the rest of the world), we REALLY don’t learn about the Holocaust.
All we learn is that it happened and that people were
murderedstarved to death or contracted typhus and died (looking at you John Green). We really don’t learn about the details of the what, why, and how the Holocaust happened. We don’t learn about the other groups of victims. Except as a footnote where they’re referred to by a slur.
We don’t learn about the resistance movements: the partisan movements, the ghetto uprisings, the uprisings in the actual concentration camps. We don’t learn about the rise of the Nazi Party (other than that the economic destruction and devastation of Germany following WWI somehow made for fertile ground for the Nazi party; as if hundreds of years of institutionalized antisemitism had NOTHING to do with it). We don’t learn about the Damascus affair or the Dreyfus affair. We don’t learn about the pogroms.
We don’t learn about how the Holocaust reached all the way into North Africa and the Middle East. We don’t learn the connection between the Holocaust and Farhud. Because they’re somehow not connected? Even though the German embassy in Iraq published and promoted antisemitic materials translated into Arabic. Materials like, you know, Mein Kampf. Even though Hitler publicly voiced his support of Iraqi nationalists. Even though the Farhud occurred in June of 1941 and the Holocaust occurred from the institution of the Nuremberg Law in 1935 to the liberation of the camps in 1945.
We NEVER learn about the aftermath of the Holocaust. We never learn about the camps for displaced persons. Because they couldn’t “go back to Poland.” All their property and homes had been taken by their gentile neighbors. We never learn about European and North American countries turning away Holocaust survivors by the boat load. We never learn about how the British limited Jewish immigration into Palestine and would send any “illegally” smuggled Jewish survivors whom they caught into a new DP camp on Cyprus (because both Palestine and Cyprus were under British control at the time).
We never learn about the 4.500 Jewish survivors on the ship “Exodus” who were fired upon by British troops when the were closely outside of Palestine; killing and wounding Jewish Holocaust survivors. The British threatened to sink that ship. And they returned all those Holocaust survivors back to Europe, where they were forcibly carried off the boat by British troops.
So we learn that the Holocaust happened, but we don’t really learn about the Holocaust.
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