I get a lot of flack for being an English major. When most people find out that I am pursuing an English degree they wrinkle their noses and ask, “So you want to be a teacher?” Not quite. Or, they’ll ask in a “I’m-trying-really-hard-not-to-be-critical-but-I’m-not-trying-hard-enough” tone, “Oh. What can you do with thaaaat?” or “What do you wanna do with that?”. But. As if they weren’t already displeased with my ‘unrealistic’ and ‘waste of time’ field of study, they really become horrified when I tell them the answer to their questions.
The truth? I have zero idea what I want to do! Zero! But. The possibilities are nearly endless. You can imagine their horror when they find out I’m after a degree that I have no idea what in the world I want to do with it. Believe me. Somedays I feel that horror too. But there’s something magical about being lost down the right path.
This past weekend, as apart of the editorial staff of the MMU Times, our campus newspaper, we attended the Iowa Collegiate Media Association Conference. It was a great two days, where we networked with print, media, publishing, and marketing companies, listened to decorated journalists, and attended a panel about being a young professional in the media biz. We also got to tour The Des Moines Register! (Soooo cool omg).
Being around others who share some of the same interests as me (writing, graphic design, reporting, radio, journalism, etc.) was inspiring and intimidating all the same! However, what I took away from ICMA just reassured myself it’s ok to be pursuing a degree where I can’t see the end result. Especially when I love the path.
We English majors are brave. We are devoting so much to an unknown career path that is still being developed.
Leaving ICMA, I felt so sure that there are so many opportunities out there for English/Communication majors like myself. From a company’s social media manager to a columnist for a newspaper, I can take this, and go down so many avenues. In addition, I felt motivated to start this blog and really launch my newfound love for photography – something that I’ve been too timid to do in the past.
On the way out of Des Moines, we stopped by the Iowa State Capitol Building! A first for me! I must have missed that field trip in elementary school, because how in the heck haven’t I been to our State Capitol?! Needless to say, I found it exquisitely beautiful, and of course I had to snap a few pictures!