Anyone else have a major eye roll when they saw that people were attacking/defending English majors again? I was writing about this in 2013, and I guess now five years later I’m writing about it again. Even more upsetting was the need to defend food service people. Ugh. Seriously? I did a little digging this morning and, of course, added my two cents on twitter. In case anyone is wondering, here’s what happened.
A college student asked author Diana Gabaldon about majoring in English. This was the authors oh-so-sensitive response:
And book twitter, predictably, went nuts – but Gabaldon didn’t back down. Here’s what I said, which pretty accurately describes my thoughts and feelings.
Sometimes, I wish I’d studied other things in college – I would guess everyone does. But as an English major I’ve worked in a variety of different jobs. Some for minimum wage, some for less than minimum wage, and some for higher rates then I ever imagined. It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s certainly been interesting. And now I’m closer than ever to a major dream of publishing a book (knock on wood). This doesn’t mean we should be dragging on STEM majors though … which I’ve unfortunately seen a little bit of today too.
There have been many more thoughtful and eloquent responses than mine, but perhaps the best is from the college student herself.