By Aubrey Murtha – For my fellow humanities majors out there, you’ll understand this list:
- 1. A “take home exam” is really no easier than a regular in-class final. For humanities majors, take home exams are usually lengthy papers that require an excessive amount of time. Sometimes, when I have 27 papers due at the end of the semester, I’d pay money to just take a multiple choice exam.
- 2. “Short reading assignments” are just not a thing. An English professor’s idea of a short assignment might be 75 pages of a novel. I don’t know about you, but in my science class freshman year, a short reading assignment was like 12 pages. Much more reasonable.
- It’s all about the real-world experience. Internships, internships, internships. If you want a job after graduation, you have to be proactive. Get out there and get involved. Sure, you might be able to write a gorgeously-crafted sentence, but what good will that do you if you can’t apply that skill to a real work situation?
- Plagarism is a grave sin.
- There’s no such thing as cutting corners. Once you establish yourself as a good writer with your professors, they will be able to detect when you blow off their assignments.
- Work often mixes with pleasure. For example, some of my English major friends were in a “magic in literature” class this past semester, and yep, you guessed it – They got to read Harry Potter. Because we are so passionate about our subjects, and to us, the meat and potatoes of a humanities education is really quite enjoyable, sometimes, work hardly feels like work at all.
Feel free to comment with other things only a humanities major would understand.