So I’m one of those blessed people who spent two years at college, and three years at university studying the joys of Anglais, reading plenty of contemporary, medieval and classical literature, and contemplating the symbolism behind storms in an angry scene and the writing int he ingredients part of a chocolate bar.
Unfortunately, in the work-world, there’s isn’t always a way to apply the lessons of Shakespeare and Chaucer to, say, buying bread from Asda or typing an email to a client saying that you need them to send in proof of their VAt registration. And stuff.
So here’s a quick list of things that only English majors (and lit-geeks) would probably sympathise with. Wave a sonnet at me if you can relate.
1. People remind you that you already know how to speak English so you just wasted a degree and three years of your life.
2. You are the office dictionary.
3. You are also the office spell-checker and thesaurus.
4. People don’t believe you when you say you have to read books for your studies.
5. Your parents don’t believe you either.
6. People think you’re weird when you say “Oh yes I’ve read that book” every time a new film comes out.
7. Everyone assumes you want to be a teacher because of the english degree. Even if you don’t really like the idea of teaching other people’s children.
8. You over analyse. EVERYTHING. One lone egg left in the fridge? Must be a sign. (To make breakfast maybe).
9. It’s YOU’RE. Not YOUR.
10. You become a little pretentious. Cos you know how something is really spelt, or the origins of a word, or you know the ending of that film cos you read the book.