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Why My English Degree is So Important to Me

This article is part of a series known as #30DaysOfThanks

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I don’t know where I’d be without my English Education degree. I remember when I declared it as my major as a senior in high school, questioning whether or not it would be the right path for me and my future.

I know I chose the right degree.

For every day that goes by, I am thankful for my education and my literacy. The ability to read and write well is important to me and a skill that I am reminded not to take for granted. Attending a university and choosing an English related-major taught me to be appreciative of classical literature, of the writing process, of drama and theatre components, and an overall respect for the world of reading and writing.

From Shakespeare, to Fitzgerald, to Austen, I know I have learned so much about a variety of cultures, lifestyles, and nations. After all, isn’t that what books and literature are for? To teach us about the world in which we live?

Because I chose to pursue an education field and teach English, I am thankful for my ability to teach literacy skills to a group of 13 and 14-year-olds every day.

Working with young people on a daily basis is a blessing in my life that shines brightly even during the darkest of times. I am humbled to help a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities, abilities and interests, in my classroom every day. It is an incredible experience to work with youth and mentor them in a positive way that will prepare them for their future lives outside my classroom. I know I only have a year with them, but teaching them the skills they need to really succeed in life (and yes, reading and writing are skills we need to do well in our careers!) is important to me as an individual and as an educator.

My degree has enabled me to pursue a successful career with new tasks and new goals every day. I am thankful for the variety it provides in my daily routine, because regardless of what some may believe, no day is ever the same in my English classroom.

Soon to be going on my fifth year of teaching, I know that while the English education field will continue to change (and it should!), I will be prepared to tackle new challenges because my literacy has prepared me for them. I cannot grow stagnant in life, and by allowing the chance to embrace new challenges that are related to my literacy, I can grow positively as an individual.

I am thankful for my English education degree because it has motivated me to pursue future educational goals. I consider what I want my graduate degree to be and even though I am still contemplating which higher education path is best for me, I know that whatever I choose, it will be right for me. Just as English education was the perfect undergraduate major, I know there is an equally perfect aspiration in my future.

Lastly, I am thankful for the opportunities my English education degree has opened up for me. I have enjoyed the chances to network with other educators at both statewide and national levels. I have enjoyed the chances to work with people in book publications and other literacy related fields.

I am thankful for the opportunity to use my literacy skills I learned in college to write content here at GenTwenty. Without my degree, I don’t know where I’d be today. I cannot imagine a life without all these things, as they are the very core of who I am as a person. It is simply not just one thing, but rather many as a whole that shape the writer in me, the reader in me, the educator in me, and the book nerd in me.

I am so very thankful for it all.

About the Author

Olivia Edwardson

Olivia holds a B.S. in English Education with a minor in Communications from North Dakota State University. She is an English Educator and Theatre Director. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and playing guitar and piano. Her long-term career goal is to pursue a Ph.D in an educational field. In addition, she would like to obtain certification in book publications.


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