As you may or may not know, I am studying English Literature (in my final year right now). I have been interested in this field since childhood days. I love reading and writing. Sure- life gets in the way and I fall into a block sometimes, but it’s lovely to be able to study a beautiful and diverse subject like this. Having said all that, there are some things I don’t love as well.
Let’s get right to it:
Things I love:
1. Diversity: If you’re thinking Literature is all Shakespeare and Dickens, you’re very wrong. There is diversity in genres, writing styles, periods in history, nationalities and so on. There are works in translation, writers who belong to different racial and ethnic groups, multiple perspective narratives, and yes I am going to stop now. The point is- this is what I had signed up for. I discovered so many new works of literature, and I am living for it.
2. Friends: I have made some amazing friends in my course. Most of my duration of this course has been online but well, that ain’t gonna stop me. My friends are naturally very open-minded and amiable. Signing up for a literature course and keeping your mind closed is just really idiotic (Yes, I didn’t find a better word for it). The course is very intense and diverse and the primary step to enjoying it is broadening your mind. That’s literally Step one. My batch mates, seniors and juniors have been a delight to hang out with and if had to live the experience all over again, I would.
3. Professors: Honestly speaking, I have not heard a lot of good things about college professors in general. I am so blessed in this case. I absolutely love them. Not only are they extremely qualified, they are caring, understanding, patient about our long due assignments, (I mean what else do we need). There are a few of them I don’t like but I have a foolproof method of avoiding them. I don’t attend their classes. FYI I attend 95 per cent of my classes so all in all, a win!
4. Over the years: One of the most fascinating things about literature is seeing how writing, reading and publishing has changed over the last so many decades. I can click a little button that says ‘Publish’. Paperbacks and hardbacks as we know them today did not start until early 19th century. Orality and pictographs carried literature before words could. There are so many ways I can consume literary content today but isn’t it remarkable how far we have come?
Things I don’t love:
1. The assignments: I hope this does not come as a surprise to anyone. I love reading, research and writing but the thought of someone judging and grading makes me anxious. Given the total number if words I write, the thesis statement is always the hardest to crack. I lose my mind more during assignments than exams. I had the time and resources to make it better but I didn’t. I hate myself for this.
2. Online classes: This is very particular to the situation now. I thought I’d love attending classes in my night suit hugging a pillow but nope. Just nope. I may not be very smart but I do love participating in class. I don’t like talking to little round letters and display pictures. Take me the eff back to good times.
3. Career Plaths: I am here to talk about careers after a degree in English Literature. There are too many to choose from. I came to my first year with a semi-clear plan and now- I am more confused than ever. I am a very indecisive person and the plethora of options is not helping. Publishing, editing, teaching, content writing and journalism are just the ones off the top of my head right now. I do love that I have career paths but I do not love the process of choosing the path.
I’d love to hear from ya’ll. Are there any myths you had about the course that were busted in this post? What do you love and hate about your area of study? Let me know in the comments!
Thank you for reading:)
Until next time!