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I love my mother for so many reasons but one of the biggest is because she always knows what to say.This semester I really let people get to me when they made fun of me for being an English major. I had so many people tell me I should change my major unless I wanted to be working at McDonalds after college. Usually I ignore them but this semester I really began to worry about where majoring in English would lead me. My mom picked up on my frustration so she did something only a mother could do.

Last week as I was buried in a book trying to study for finals, she sent me a text message with a picture of a book she used to read to me when I was little. That one text message took me back to nights when my mom would stop grading papers to read me a bedtime story. Luckily she was a teacher so every week she would bring home a different book from her classroom to read to me. I became instantly addicted to reading, and one year she even had to build me a bookshelf for my growing collection of books. It was then that I remembered why I was an English major. Books! They have the power to remind you that you have an imagination, and that anything is possible! But for me books have an even better power, they remind me of the woman who introduced me to my first true love, reading. One day I hope to write books that not only inspire people to follow their dreams, but also build special memories between parents and children.

Do you remember being read or reading any of these books?

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Comment by Sonia Rangel on June 7, 2012 at 2:12pm
Comment by Cynthia Amaya on June 7, 2012 at 12:17pm

This post literally gave me goosebumps! At my school, liberal arts majors are looked down upon more often than not, especially English majors. It's discouraging having to hear all the engineering or science majors poke fun at what I take seriously. Thank you for reminding me why I'm an English major in the first place -- my love for books! As long as I can continue filling my life with the beauty of literature, I will never regret my major. 

Comment by Kimberly Kerr on June 5, 2012 at 11:18am

love this=)

Comment by Daysi Calavia-Lopez on May 16, 2012 at 9:25pm

Aw...I loved your post. You should follow your dreams no matter what people say! I know that the support of your mother is always the best and most special inspiration. I feel the same way about my mom <3 

Comment by Jacqueline Anne Martinez on May 16, 2012 at 9:57am
I was an English Literature major! My English degree is the reason I was able to teach and travel abroad and write for a expatriate magazine while living in China. The beauty about an English degree is that it enables you to communicate effectively AND it helps you understand and know how to work with a diverse group of people. Other majors don't really get that.
Comment by Dominique Gonzalez on May 7, 2012 at 2:04pm

Jasmine:

Thanks for the advice! There aren't a lot of English majors I run into so it good to hear some inspirational advice from a fellow English major. I know writing is what I LOVE to do I really look forward to my English classes and the thought of sitting in a biology or engineering class makes me cringe. I will continue to ignore the haters! Like you said English majors unite! Thanks for the awesome links as well!

Sonia:

I have heard of that class and I am definitely planning on taking it, it sounds like it was very beneficial to you. I love every English class I have taken at UT so far and I can't wait for the classes I have lined up for next year. Thanks for the advice, and I will surely be seeing you in the office this summer!

Comment by Sonia Rangel on May 7, 2012 at 11:59am

I would get the same thing about my major since I was a history major. I chose History to be my major when I started college and never looked back. I love my history classes the most and they were also the most challenging for me. I don't regret it! When I was at UT, I took a course about making use of your liberal arts degree. It's called "Liberal Arts in the Workplace." I hope they still have it, it's once a week for like 2 hours and it's one credit. It's taught by Katherine Brooks who also wrote a book called "You Majored in What?" She teaches you how to use the skills you have learned with your major in order to incorporate into the workplace.     You should consider taking the class or reading the book. Also the UT Career Services offers so much help so make sure to take advantage of that. They have workshops, look over resumes, host career fairs, etc. I'm sure you probably already know. Good luck! Stop by the office if you come home for the summer. :) 


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