As an English major, I will be the first to tell you that my life doesn’t consist simply of books and writing. There’s much more than that, but I know others won’t see that. And every time that someone asks me what I want to do with my degree once I graduate, I tell them “everything.”

Because the fact of the matter is, you can do just about anything that you want to when you major in English.

Start a Blog

Oftentimes, we English majors don’t know where to apply our skills outside of the classroom. Sure, we know how to do a close reading of a text, we know how to critically think, and we know how to write coherently and effectively. So what comes next? A blog.

It’s a good way to start using the tools that you have to make something useful of your time. In the process, you’ll learn how to do a little bit of coding, which can help you expand your horizons. You’ll get the chance to write about anything that you enjoy — from cars to food to books. Or you can even write about the things that you don’t like.

This will not only give you a chance to sharpen your skills, it’ll give you a chance to express yourself to the world and let them give you feedback.

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Edit Papers

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been asked to proofread and edit many papers for grammar, spelling, and structure. It seems like everyone should have the skills to do it on their own in an efficient manner. But sometimes that doesn’t happen.

It’s your job as a humanity-focused individual to help the people who cannot perform the simple tasks.

It’s even better if you do this with them present, that way you can show them exactly why you’re making the corrections that you make. You’re showing them how to minimize the mistakes that they make and how to fix it for the next paper that they write.

Doing this also helps you become a little bit more fluent with the English language; not only do you get to see how it’s done right, you get to see it done wrong and how to make it better in the process.

Become a Tutor

We live in a world where reading and writing are very important skills to learn. Help someone learn those skills. You’re giving back to the youth; you’re investing in the future of this country and world just by helping someone learn how to effectively perform a close reading of a text.

If you enjoy this, you might want to consider becoming a teacher.

But contrary to popular belief, not every English major becomes a teacher. Some become CIA agents, some become writers, and some even become celebrities. You never know where it could take you.

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Volunteer Your Skills

Not everyone is as gifted as you may be when it comes to speaking or writing English clearly. That’s why volunteering to help those who don’t have those skills will make the world a better place. This goes along with tutoring, but the important thing to keep in mind here is the word ”volunteer.”

It’s a word that helps you learn what the true value of something is. You commit to an act of kindness without getting anything in return. And that’s a good feeling.

Got any other tips? Leave them in the comments!

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