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Thursday, December 22nd, 2005
6:01 pm
in need of a proofreader...

Hey everyone! I'm currently working on grad school applications and I've hit writer's block with my writing sample. I was hoping some of you would be willing to look over it and offer any suggestions or corrections that you see? Thanks!


here's what I have so far...Collapse )

Monday, May 23rd, 2005
9:58 pm
the next step
Hi Everyone,
I am an English and Comparative Literature Major at Queens College, CUNY. I will be graduating next fall, and I don't know what will happen with my life after that.
Wednesday, September 15th, 2004
4:20 pm
Hi guys...I'm Heather and I'm an English Lit. major. Next year I'll be starting my graduate work in ESL, so lately I've been preparing for the GRE. By "preparing" I actually mean "slowly going insane", as the math section of the test is killing me.

Math is evil.

Anyway, I was hoping that some of you who have taken this damned test could tell me how heavily English Grad programs weigh math scores...it would be absolutely wonderful if they mostly focused on English, since that is what I'm going to be doing, and since math has absolutely no relevance to my career. !!! Hate math, hate math.

Or, if anyone has any inspirational stories on how they took their GRE and lived to tell the tale, that would be good, too. Because right now I'm seriously if I will.

Oh, and the hardest part of being an English Lit. major, for me,(don't throw rocks!) is that I am now aware of all the wondrous lit. written by women and minority writers that is largely ignored or at least overlooked by my classes and university classes all over the country. It's maddening.

Current Mood: distressed
Wednesday, May 5th, 2004
9:58 pm
Hello! I'm currenty half-way through my hBA in English Language and Literature at the University of Toronto. I've always done best in language classes, but during my first year of university I decided to enter a realm which is now referred to as "the dark ages." I decided against taking an english major and took forensic sciences. That was a huge mistake. I went from getting 4.0's in my language classes to failing my chemistry course.
So here I am, back with my beloved english. Loving it as always. I am especially interested in theory of literature and I hope to enter graduate studies concerning theory and criticism of modernist and post-modernist texts.
I also had a question concerning minors. I am specializing in english, which means that 14/20 credits towards my degree are ENG courses, but I am still able to take on a minor. Right now I am considering both Latin (it's been suggested this is vital to graduate and post-grad studies) and Sociology. If anyone has any experience in these fields in conjunction with an English program I would be very interested in their feedback. I would really like to take a minor that is seperate but applicable to my degree.
Monday, January 26th, 2004
2:17 am
Desperate cry for attention

I am acting the lemming and introducing myself now that I've just joined. For one, I major in biochemistry and molecular biology, but I am intensely interested in the written word nonetheless. I speak three languages and am a lover of all sorts of genres, predominantly European lit. (e.g., Joyce, Yeats, Eliot, Shakespeare, etc.) and analytical philosophy (e.g. Russell, Wittgenstein, Kant), although I'd like to think that I'm a good dilettante and thus have pretty much read at least a little bit of everything. I am always reading at least one book in my leisure time regardless of my "real" duties. I personally think (arrogantly, perhaps) that to some degree every adult of average intelligence and above should be concerned with literature/philosophy; it really irks me how little people read today, and that the height of culture for the average girl I meet in a bar is "Punk'd" with Ashton Kutcher... but I'm sure all of you as good English majors were already aware of that and have probably wept hundreds of pints of brine over it.

OK, well, I am a huge fan of polemics, and have sincerely believed all my life that the truth gains more by the diligence of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself, than by him who holds the true opinion only because he does not suffer himself to think. (Oh, you recognized John Stuart Mill? How nice to be around English majors! I would have put it in quotes but I don't think it's verbatim...) Being a lover of polemics has, quite naturally, brought me my fair share of unpopularity, so I'd like to say in advance that I never intentionally hurt anyone's feelings! Take that for what it's worth.

My first question is a timeless one, and I'm sure many of you have turned it over in your head a thousand times ... and it is this: as rational (or irrational, depending on your opinion) creatures, shouldn't the truth be our highest desideratum? Or should we be more concerned with maximizing happiness, or something else, regardless of what the "truth" is? In other words, if we're not seeking the truth in everything we do, then are we wasting our lives? What does everyone think?

Before you start thinking (or writing, whichever you do first), realize that I'm taking two things for granted here - 1) absolute truth exists (for you "relativism" people, although this is really absolutely true by tautology) and 2) this is an "ideal" situation, although after you answer the question for the ideal case, you can mention "practical" concerns as an afterthought. An important side question is this - if we're meant to realize truth in all of our actions, then how do we recognize what is and isn't the truth? "Logic" is a useful (the only?) example. I'm curious to know what everyone here thinks, given the predominant "humanities" background.

(BTW, this is not a homework question of any sort, so please don't accuse me of scrabbling for homework help... that's what AOL is for.)

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, January 14th, 2004
12:23 am
x-posted a bit
and new semesters mean new booksCollapse )
so... thoughts? comments? encouragement?
Wednesday, January 7th, 2004
7:59 pm
Hello all,
Im fairly new to University life, this being my first year and all, so I don't have much experience as to what being an english major is like. Actually I am still debating whether to major in psych or english, either way I know I will continue with english all the way through. I especially enjoy the poetic works of Thomas Hardy and Emily Bronte.

Current Mood: tired
Sunday, January 4th, 2004
12:18 pm
In this morning's Globe
I've never been to MLA, but as a relatively conservative member (you don't have to step too far to the right to be conservative to this group), I can't bring myself to be crushingly sorry to have missed this session. My SIL went and probably had a good time. This was an interesting article about the goings-on there: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2004/01/04/professors_at_war/

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, December 29th, 2003
1:25 am
I'm glad to have found this corner of the world...my name is Nicole, and I have a master's in English from Boston College. I'm applying to Ph.D. programs now, and mostly selling myself (I thought twice about the phraseology, but apps feel remarkably like doing a mating display a la Zoidberg most of the time) as a theorist, though I feel like a fairly stupid one most of the time. I'm into Austen and her era, Hitchcock films, Futurama, Lacan, Zizek. Have read and liked some Barthes, some Foucault. This year, I'm adjuncting. Officially, I love teaching. Unofficially, I wouldn't be sorry never to set foot in a freshman comp classroom, or a community college in any capacity, again. But that's the end of the semester talking. That and missing school. I'm so ready to go back.

I don't so much get "What are you going to do with that?" from people, as "What's that?" Scholarship seems to be poorly understood by most people. I try to explain--I read and write and do research. Yes, they pay me for that. But I say I teach, and the lights all go on, "Oh, you're a teacher!", vaguely as if they were saying, "Oh, you're an overpaid moron who's ruining American youth!" and that's it, they're satisfied. At times, I'd really rather say I was a writer. Then, if you make money from it, people seem envious, and if you don't, they just think you're a damn fool, which I can live with.

Glad to meet everyone.

Current Mood: stressed
Sunday, December 14th, 2003
6:22 pm
the obligatory intro
Hey all--My name is Susan, and in about a week (eee!) I'll have my B.A. in English with an Identity Studies Concentration. At my university, that basically means that my focus is on theories of literature and culture. (instead of creative writing, or teaching secondary ed.) So yeah, I'm a theory dork--but this concentration has also allowed me to deeply explore some genres which I've grown to love: Immigrant literature/documentary, Postmodern American fiction, and Native American fiction. Curriculum aside, I'm fond of literature that deals with damnation (Eliot, Dante, Milton) and I'm semi-obsessed with Oscar Wilde. :)

The worst part of being an English major, in my experience, has to be the ridiculous amount of people who assume that I'm some grammar guru and the embodiment of a Webster dictionary. I mean, I DO write a lot of papers, but it's not like I go to class and learn the finer points of the conditional tense. I think that so many people misinterpreting what I have a passion for learning is just a tad disheartening.

But I still love being an English major! ("Go Team!" and what not). Okay, back to my finals.

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, December 10th, 2003
1:01 pm
Hello, hello!
Good day, everyone :-D

I'm a 25-year-old MA student in Medieval Studies and former English major, with an eye toward getting my doctorate in English with a specialization in medieval literature. My particular areas of interest are Old English and Middle English literature, along with old Germanic languages in general, and literary depictions of monstrosity and vice. My Master's thesis, and prospective doctoral dissertation, is on the construction and use of anger in Old English literature; right now it's still in the "getting things together" phase, but I hope to spend time doing manuscript research for it this summer. Assuming I can get the money. *wince*

Aside from the typical "Uh, what are you going to do with that?" questions, the worst part about being an English major is constantly dealing with the reminders that I'll never make any money. I know that, and don't particularly care. But every time someone makes that comment, they make it with this sort of suggestion that I've been oblivious to a perfectly obvious truth...

*cough* Finals have me on a short fuse. Anyway, it's great to meet everyone!
Friday, December 5th, 2003
8:20 am
Hello everyone, I'm glad someone decided to create this community! At the moment I lack the creativity to start a discussion, but I hope this will change soon.
Tuesday, December 9th, 2003
2:26 am
well here I am...

Im rachel and Im a liberal arts english major at Central Michigan University... basically what this means is that I am a literature major that will not be getting a teaching cert... as CMU is essentially a teaching university there arent really concentrations outisde of elementary ed, secondary ed, creative writing and liberal arts... if youre in Ed you have the option of a language arts concentration... though I will eventually teach I do not want a teachers education in English... mostly because Ive met the people who are getting it and they dont seem to be learning much... my main interests right now are contemporary lit and possibly brit lit (Im taking a contemporary Brit Lit class and a survey of Joyce next semester)... I dont neccesarily feel Im getting the most stellar education here but im trying to improve and learn as much as I can... I tend to feel kind of small and ignorant around people who are more educated than me but Im eager to pick up new knowledge... I think that the worst part for me about being an english major is that so many of the english majors here are really pretty much just teaching majors who had to pick something to teach... they seem to have no passion for literature and arent interested in anything beyond childrens books... I dont feel like people take me seriously when i say Id love to just go to school forever and that education is as important to me as financial success... I am lucky enough to work in my schools english dept though, so I get exposure to profs and encouragement in my somewhat self-indulgent pursuit of knowledge...

guess thats all... i hope to get alot from this group

Current Mood: anxious
1:18 am
At the request of our moderator...
...I shall now introduce myself.

My name is Shaun, and I'm the MA equivalent of ABD at Radford University in Radford, VA. My concnetration is in American Literature, with special emphasis on 20th century American lit. I'm also big into science fiction (namely Ray Bradbury and Philip K. Dick) as well as literary theory. For me, the worst part of being an English major is people constantly going "what are you going to do with that?" as if there is no practical value for an English major. Of course, I said "practicalitly be damned" when I decided to majo in English...

Current Mood: mellow
Monday, December 8th, 2003
10:58 pm
Wow, welcome everyone!
Didn't think this comm would be such a hit (ok, 6-8 people, but it hasn't been up that long ;-)), but it's a nice surprise.

Something to start with: What kind of English concentration are you? And what has been the worst part about being an English major?

I'm an English/Classics double-major with a British lit and mythology concentration (understanding that mythology in the English dept is different from mythology in the Classics dept in my school--it's more northern in the English dept). I think my worst experience as an English major has just been that my school's English department has no organization. They just have no concept of it, particularly with advising, so I've been stumbling through half-blind. I think I've finally figured it out though. :-)

9:54 pm
Thank you for going through with this!

Current Mood: happy
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