Are Writers Looked Down Upon?
I am a twenty-year old junior attending college at the University of Massachusetts Lowell majoring in English - Journalism/ Professional Writing. I've been asked many times why I've decided to major in English, especially by my friends who are a majority of nursing/business/science majors. I simply respond with a lackadaisical, "Because I love it."
To my dismay, the scrunched up faces I receive in response, leaves me with a feeling of, "Maybe I am wrong." I've always wholeheartedly believe in doing what you love despite how much money you make or whether or not others agree with your choice, but nowadays, my will of steel seems to be waning. The job openings these days, are discouraging to say the least, for an English major such as myself. All of my peers are on their way who are in business and nursing, while I am still stuck taking courses with no internship to my name.
English majors I know have the same difficulties in making it into their writing careers, but we cannot keep blaming ourselves for loving to write. Our passion for putting pretty words together are too strong to give up and switch for something we do not love. No, to all English majors out there, I may not be a famous icon or writer myself, but all I can say is, "Write even if your only audience is yourself." It is a personal mantra I wanted to share to all writers who may be struggling with starting a career - especially to those who are a part of my generation - it is a difficult time for us economy wise, but we must persevere. Good luck to all, and I wish you nothing but the best!