I studied Literature and it really was a piss-poor decision. Everything I learned was on my own volition and class discussions barely scratched the surface. I'd say do STEM if you want to. Otherwise don't bother with a University degree because studying Humanities will neither give you a better chance in the job market, nor enrich your knowledge of literature.
If you do want to be employed listen to him but if you have a safety net or don't mind risking an english degree having good profs you can discuss lit with and seminar classes later on are very helpful.
>>7331943 OP don't regret you can still study lit on the side.
You're fine bro. You literally can't write in the twenty-first century without Ph.D.-level expertise in algorithms and statistical methods, anyway. You need different tools than Goethe or you're just going to be competing with Goethe and then you'll lose.
>>7332121 >I hate retards like you I really do. Sorry, but my University course was very poor. We were given six contact hours per week and rarely had to turn in an essay. There were a few good professors, but the best ones just tended to act as mediators of discussion rather than contribute to the discussion themselves. The worst and most frequent were disinterested PhD students who were more interested on their own studies than those of the class. Many of the students did not even read the material before coming to class and were unfamiliar with some very basic literary works and concepts. One girl mistook medieval spelling as a printer's error. Another said that her favourite book was John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. Needless to say, discussion was limited. This was supposedly one of the best universities in Britain for Literature.
I am not interested employment prospects. I was interested in gaining a more deep and comprehensive knowledge of literature than I already had. University fell very short of my expectations, and the expectations of a lot of young people.
It's all very well to tell people to just "study what you love", but I would add a word of caution: Make sure you are getting what you want out of your course - intellectual stimulation above all else - before you sign up. That is all.
>>7331943 I'm a stubborn fool and finished in my initial STEM major to prove something to nobody in particular. I took a lot of Phil and lit electives and the courses were mostly phenomenal (elite liberal arts college) but I just wasn't ready to believe I could make my way in the world without some semi-technical skills. Now that I'm older and wiser I wish I'd gone for a Phil or cognitive science major and hedged my bets between consulting and academia.
OP, as someone who have gone through a similar situation, i will tell you my story. I majored as an engineer last year. When i finished, i talked to a professor of the faculty of letters here in my university. The guy is really well know in my coutnry, he is the most know person in the translations of James Joyce and Shakespeare. He said to me that eventhough studying letters can be beneficial for an aspiring writer, an engineer who read one book a week is worth far more than a student of letters who doesnt apply himself. He told me that reading was fundamental, and that most people don't get that. He said that if i wanted to go back to college, i just try go for a master, but it wasnt required to be a writer.
I'm studying Literature. What is close or even loosely related to Literature that I could double major in just in case I start caring about money? I wanted to double major in Linguistics but found out that the job prospects for it were a bit low as well.
>>7331954 Programmer here. You're in for a shit ton of money and the financial resources to retire early, travel the world and live the literary lifestyle.
Also, don't fall for the permanent employment meme: Get a few years experience, network, build some connections, then become a contractor as soon as possible to earn amazing day rates whoring yourself out to big businesses that piss money down the drain for corporate masturbation projects.
ps. Don't listen to these fags with their worthless humanities degrees. A degree doesn't make a good writer or a philosopher, only reading and thorough analysis does. You can do that yourself.
>>7332585 I can't meaningfully engage with the texts or field in the same way some who's studied can. It hurts seeing how underdeveloped my thoughts are on these subjects compared to those that majored in these subjects.
>>7332638 You had an arse full of farts that night, darling, and I fucked them out of you, big fat fellows, long windy ones, quick little merry cracks and a lot of tiny little naughty farties ending in a long gush from your hole.
Why are all these idiots saying go to university and do a STEM subject? If you want to do a STEM subject, don't go to fucking University - get an apprenticeship in the field you want. I imagine most of you want money and that's how you get it.
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