The Harm of Focus They Won’t Tell You in School

Self-Deprecation is a Far Subtler Force than I Realized. It’s something I utilized as a humbling tactic, a way to make myself more approachable to others, and as a way to avoid becoming arrogant. But somewhere along the line I bought into the narrative of “you’re not good enough,” “you’re not impressive” – “you’re not…

What Comes After

A Professionalization Class Jobs for a liberal arts major are endless, but most of us don’t realize it yet. I saw a small paper stuck to the wall of my adviser’s cubicle. Nothing fancy or anything. Just a bunch of words. What caught my eyes was ENGL. A bunch of random letters smashed into one…

Mining for Gold in this Class

This class was more like an upbeat, fun, slightly intimidating excavation site than an overwhelming professionalization workshop. Most students walked into class carrying a heavy load of criticism, which their society, upon declaring a humanities major, had placed upon them. English majors are regularly told, “Well, you won’t make any money,” and otherwise lectured on…