Oh the places you’ll go, with an english degree
The Whittier College English department broke from the usual Backpack to Briefcase events, which, by the description on the College website, is where students go to “hear from past Poets about their journey into these fields and where their liberal arts education has taken them.” The English department instead hosted their own, major-specific career event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Dezember House. The event was organized and hosted by Whittier College professors including Assistant Professor of English Michelle Chihara, who opened the event with a short speech on what it means to get a degree in English. “I wanted to tell this story that I have about meeting a former English major, in Nashville, who ran a boutique distillery and got her job through her senior project in the History of the English Language on olde English beer recipes,” Chihara said. Despite being one of the most popular majors nationwide, ranking 19 out of 20 according to popularity on niche.com, English is often seen as a major with three possible outcomes: writing, editing, or teaching. This event aimed to disprove that very line of thinking.