—–Original Message—–
From: erika
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 8:04 AM
To: alison
Subject: [i like beads mail] english major

name: erika

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comments: i was reading that you knew you would have a hard time finding work with an english degree but you didn’t mind, so i thought i’d ask if you had a lot of people telling you not to. i’m 18 and starting to really think about things like what i’d like to major in and what i want to do but everyone just tells me not to. just wondered if you had any of that and what you did about it! hope i don’t take up too much of your time but i’d really appreciate the help. thanks.

—–Original Message—–
From: alison
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2005 2:57 AM
To: erika
Subject: RE: [i like beads mail] english major

i don’t regret for a minute having been an english major. it meant that i went through college taking classes i was interested in. i enjoyed them, learned a lot from them, and made good grades as a result. through those classes i also met some wonderful people with whom i had a lot in common.

i don’t know too many people nowadays whose jobs are related to their college major, anyway. the job market’s tough right now, but i think it’s tough for everyone, not just english majors. and i think it’s really important to try to do what you love. it’s hard to be good at doing things you don’t love, and it’s hard to be happy doing things you don’t love. that’s been my experience, anyway.

i hope this helps. let me know if you have any other questions.

upon rereading my reply, i’m not sure i believe myself.