Thursday, September 21, 2023

English majors don’t read much

Must read

Shreya Christina
Shreya has been with for 3 years, writing copy for client websites, blog posts, EDMs and other mediums to engage readers and encourage action. By collaborating with clients, our SEO manager and the wider team, Shreya seeks to understand an audience before creating memorable, persuasive copy.

Yes, I am an English Major. I’ve loved reading since I was little, and I’ve devoured thousands of pages of words from a variety of genres in my life, all of which have influenced the kind of person I’ve become today. Yes, I study English because I like reading and writing. I don’t mind essays. I don’t mind reading an entire book in one sitting.

But outside of class I don’t read much for pleasure.


Because I simply don’t have time anymore.

When I was in high school, I could read three books in a week while dividing my time between assignments and exams. But now, while I’m in college, I’m stuck in a completely different situation.

I no longer just read for my English courses. I read for my biology course, for my sociology course, and all the other courses I take.

I no longer read the things I absolutely want to read. I read what I need to read.

Instead of buying a nice New Adult novel at the bookstore, I spend hours jotting down notes on classics like “Wuthering Heights” or trying to understand Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” I now read to learn – more than ever before.

Yes, you learn from everything you read. But there are very specific techniques and rules I learn from the works assigned to me that are different from anything I would pick up outside of class, and it’s imperative that I spend my time in the right place.

I can’t concentrate on books that don’t directly affect my academic career. I need to focus on the pieces that will get me the degree I want.

I still like to read. I always will. Otherwise I wouldn’t be an English major. I wouldn’t spend my days analyzing texts and writing essays if I didn’t love it.

The sad reality is that my life is too chaotic right now to juggle reading for pleasure and reading for college. I have to make a choice.

And I’m making the choice that will one day allow me to get a job that will allow me to spend my evenings reading the books I want to read.

More articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article