I graduated with my degree nearly 4 years ago and to be honest, it’s a bit scary. I found adapting from student life to graduate life a bit of a struggle. For me, it really hard to get a job that wasn’t bar work and it was really hard moving back to the Midlands. My whole life for the past 3 years was in Lincoln and suddenly, I had no routine and my friends and boyfriend were 100 miles away. But, I adapted. I ended up living with my parents for around 18 months before I moved out with The Geek. My parents were super supportive when I lived at home and worked a crappy job. Thanks Mum and Dad, you’re the best.
I decided to do a degree in English because it was always my strongest subject at school and college and the one I really enjoyed. Originally, I was going to do a degree in Psychology in Sheffield but life didn’t work out that way. I ended up finding out about Lincoln University whilst panicking with my Mum. We flicked through the UCAS magazine and when I shouted Stop and it landed on Lincoln Uni. Yep, that’s how I made my University decision and I loved pretty much every moment I spent in Lincoln.
However, with a bit of hindsight a degree wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be and if I could go back I’d do a more specific degree. It’s difficult landing a top job straight out of Uni as work experience accounts for a hell of a lot more these days. Saying that, I don’t regret going to University one bit as I met my boyfriend, made life long friends and learnt one or two things about living on my own and about myself. But, here’s what I learnt about my degree since graduating and I’m sure some fellow English graduates can relate
- Everyone expects you to be able to answer every single question on the Literature round in the pub quiz. No, I did not read Classic literature for 3 years and nor do I know anything about Treasure Island.
- The only game show where it comes in useful is the Shakespeare round in Pointless.
- Your degree is basically trying to bullshit your point to try and fit with someone’s reference. Or trying to find a reference to fit your answer.
- You can’t read for pleasure anymore and forever analysing every book you read. FYI, there is barely any symbolism in chick lit.
- You are your own worst enemy when it comes to spoilers as you’ve studied how stories work for 3 years. You understand symbolism and story arcs so much more than other people. Didn’t expect Littlefinger to turn up in Game of Thrones? IT’S OBVIOUS ISN’T IT? MAKE THE CONNECTION PEOPLE.
- Everyone will expect you to become a teacher and if not, why not? What else is one meant to do with a degree in English?
- Your arguing style will forever be Point, Evidence, Explanation. And you know what? It bloody works. Every single time.
- You are a well known spelling and grammar tyrant and resist the urge to correct every public sign, Facebook status and menu going.
- You’re everyones neighbourhood friendly proof reader. Friend’s sending a job application? Yep, I’ll love to proof read it because I’m a human thesaurus and can construct a good sentence.
- Your degree is too vague to get a specified job. Oh, unless you want to become a teacher..
- Every graduate job interview you go to you always use the words ‘transferable skills’ because you learnt barely any relevant skills from your degree. Expect how to argue and read 5 books a week whilst drinking jagerbuckets being stuck to a dancefloor at least 3 times a week.
- Your degree will be seen as the Mickey Mouse degree to the mathematicians and scientists amongst you. Realistically, they had to memorise a formula whilst you had to dig for an original theory for Romeo and Juliet for 5 hours in the library.