Hello peers, my name is Lauren McManus and I will be contributing to this magnificent blog. I am currently a senior English major and am excitedly awaiting graduation, while contemplating the answers to the dreaded question of what will you do with your English degree? By completing this internship of writing, I hope to find affirmation for the future of English majors. While writing is a great outlet, the endless possibilities of jobs pertaining to this major is rather daunting. Please enjoy future posts on this blog and spread the word of the intelligence within UTA (especially throughout the English Department!)
Rachel Elmalawany – I’m an English and journalism senior. I’ve been invited to post student perspectives of the English department on the English Matters blog. I write columns for UTA’s student newspaper, The Shorthorn, both online and in print. I freelance for trade magazines and blogs (yes, it is as glamorous as it sounds!) between studying, volunteering, internships and running a household. I enjoy theory almost as much as theory enjoys me, and have an uncanny appreciation for the power of words.
Here’s a little nursery rhyme which I’m sure is at least slightly relatable:
Hush little English student, don’t say a word,
Your professor’s going to grade you on a curve.
If that curve doesn’t ease your mind,
You can go home and have a glass of wine.
If that wine doesn’t help you forget,
Just remember when you’re done, you’ll have a lot of debt.
If that debt doesn’t make you work hard,
You can always live in your mom’s backyard.
If that backyard doesn’t sound like fun,
Then now is the time to take action.
If that action doesn’t give results,
Then maybe you should pick another major.