"The English major is a sinking ship, and it is my job to hand you a life preserver."

During my first week of college orientation, I found myself going to session after session, meeting teachers or counselors, my future classmates or future professors. The last of these was a department meeting, which meant I had to struggle my way to the fourth floor and seat myself with the other prospective English majors. The room was full of English professors, emanating the knowledge of their craft, as professors seem to do. I took my seat and listened as the Chair of the English Department, Dr. Judith Burdan, gave us her pep talk.

She asked how many of us had been given a look or a lecture or some form of unsavory comment when we told people we wanted to be English majors. Every one of us raised our hands. This is when she delivered her poetic line about the sinking ship of the English major and how she was there to give us a life preserver. To further her analogy, she mentioned that there are always people who are going to try to encourage us to get on a more "successful" ship, such as the party boat of the business major.

Then she proceeded to tell us how the English major can be used in any job where there are words. She told us of a multi-million dollar law suit that hinged on a single adverb. Understanding language is key to human interaction and communication. She then amended her original statement to say something else. She told us,

"English majors are not the sinking ship, but the ocean."

In my opinion, this kind of assertion can be applied to all writers. Those of us who understand words and language, who can spin stories and deliver truths, are the ones who own the world. As Dr. Burdan put it, we (writers or English majors) are made for world domination. Who else is more suited to take over the world than those who most understand its communication?

If you're ever feeling down, remember that you, the writer, have the tools to change things, whether you want to dominate the world or simply better it. Take over the world with your writing. I believe in you, so you better believe in you, too. 

Published by Jayda Louise