fifteen-seventeen said: I'm thinking of switching my major to English. Right now I'm majoring in design and it's not going very well. If I'm an English major, will I be forever unemployed/sad/homeless? Also, do you have any advice for young (ish) writers?
Listen, designers have a magical skill that if you are a writer you will very often wish you had. If you are at all interested in design, please try to at least learn Photoshop or something. If for no other reason that it’s a real selling point when you are applying to be a writer for some terrible, demoralizing blog.
It seems like you will probably be unemployed unless you go into nursing or something? And yeah you’ll be sad, for sure, no matter what your major, ESPECIALLY if you are an English major (correlation does not equal causation, but like: correlation is real).
And no, I do not have any advice for young writers. I really don’t. I am wondering if young writers have any advice for me? But if the answer is, get up at 6AM every day before work and write, I will say: No. I am too tired.
But also I will say that college is your last chance to not worry about making a living — not that that’s always the case, but if it *is* the case, then it’s your last chance (well, uh, unless you are independently wealthy or marry someone who is? in which case, you won’t have to worry about money but you will still worry about your life, believe me) — so if you like reading books and talking and thinking and writing about books, do it while you can! It’s very hard to find a way to do that and also be a person in the world at the same time (and when you’re in college you’re not quite yet a person in the world, except for the people who are activists in college, who i do not mean to offend).
So do that, but also learn Photoshop, is what I’m saying. Also: your major in college really does not matter, at all, hardly ever. So just try to learn about something you like. As a bonus, learning about something you like is a good thing to practice doing (if that makes any sense). It’s a way of living / an approach that is rarer than you think.
Also this very act of taking a step back and considering what you want to spend your time on bodes well for you, sadness-wise. Just try to brush off some of the underlying anxiety — you will have the rest of your life to make choices from a place of fear. Woo!