Ten Reasons Why You Need a Bookworm in the Office

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By Elizabeth DiEmanuele

As an English major, I’m accustomed to the condescending tone when someone asks about my degree. Each time, I somehow have to back up my credentials. I usually talk about my office experience. I say, “Well, I’ve worked in an office setting for about the last six years of my life so I think I’m doing well.” This often works. But, it’s usually followed by the question, “What are you really going to do with your life? Teach?”

Here’s the common misconception: English, or any other Humanities degree, is useless. It’s for the people who don’t have any other talents. I resent this. As an honors student at my high school who excelled in all subjects, including math, I resent the notion that my degree is a redundant waste of time. The notion that I should be getting a degree that specializes in ‘office intelligence.’

I’m not…

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