Finding My Way

My College Experience-The Beginning

When I first came to Kennesaw State in the fall of 2015, I was sure I would be spending my four years studying psychology. In high school, I was committed to acting and theatre, but I decided psychology would be a path that would lead to a fulfilling career. When my first year came to a close, I had different feelings. I was lost and I did not know which path I should try to pursue in college. I ended up switching my major to Exercise Science in hopes to become an occupational therapist, but this major was short lived as I realized I could barely pass a basic chemistry class. During all of this, I was taking prerequisite English classes, reading great books, and writing papers for these classes. I realized something, I love to read and write. It was something I loved to do in high school and I had always spent my free time writing and finding new books to read. I thought it would be the most beneficial to my wellbeing and my eventual career if I studied in a major that was both comfortable and interesting to me. I believe this is one of the best decisions I have ever made, but it did not come with challenges of its own.

The Challenges of Being an English Major

I am so thankful that I switched my major to English. I have read some life-changing books and have been taught by incredible professors who make studying this subject so much more fulfilling. However, as time went by I realized while I loved English, I was still not sure what I was going to do when I graduate with my degree. People that I talk to seem that the only option for an English major after college was to become a teacher. While teaching seems like a great profession, I knew there had to be more out there for English majors. When registering for classes last spring, the class “Careers in Writing” immediately caught my eye and I knew I had to take it.

How this Class Has Helped

Taking this course has helped me in so many ways. I remember hearing the lecture Dr. Smith Sitton had early in the semester about how valued English majors are in the workforce and it made me feel that much better about my choice to be an English major. But what has helped most is developing my portfolio over the course of this semester and exploring different types of professional writing through this. Moreover, I now have a plethora of different writings that have been carefully edited and revised to show potential employers. Before this semester started, I felt like I was behind in my career search, but in just a few short months I now feel much more at ease with starting my job search. Without this class, I would not have an extensive writing portfolio, the experience of working with a real client for the community engagement project, or all of the new knowledge about professional writing. This has easily been one of the most beneficial and transformative classes I have taken at Kennesaw State.

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