It’s officially summer! At last. The warmth has not quite shown up, but many graduations are taking place all around us. Today, I was sitting by the lake when I noticed a family taking pictures with their freshly-minted graduate from the local university.
The first day of summer was calm and pleasant and I enjoyed observing this family revel in their delight of their accomplished young one. They took a variety of poses and by the time they finished, I knew which one was the mother, the father, the brother and the grandmother. I was like Harriet in Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy.
They finally dispersed and the grandmother walked by and said, “This is a really good day.” “Yes, it is,” I replied. The graduate was still wearing her cap and gown, so it was clear that she was the honoree. I asked her “What was your major?” She responded, “English.”
I perked up and sat taller on the bench and said, “Me too! You will always find work. You can teach or work in corporate.” The testimony just seemed to roll out and stand like a rook on a chessboard.
“Thanks,” she beamed. “My parents will be glad to hear that!” It was a good way to kick off the summer as I reassured this young person setting out on her path that she had indeed made a great choice.
Employers are always looking for those who can read, write and effectively use the language. English majors can branch out in so many directions.
They can serve in the fields of writing, technical writing, corporate blogging, copywriting, news reporting, public relations, editing and certainly education, to name a few. One of my ministers often said, “It works, if you work it!”
Lynn M. June 22, 2019