In my four years here I have taken a lot of classes throughout many different majors and concentrations, and of all of them I would have to say that my favorite have been those in the Creative Writing Department. For those of you who don’t know, I am a Creative Writing major. Now, Creative Writing is kind of a sub-major; it’s attached pretty closely to the English Department, which is great because I’ve always loved reading and writing. I get the best of both worlds with my major.
It’s not all just one big book club, though, where by the time graduation comes around you have to either become a teacher or write a novel. Creative Writing majors, in my experience, are some of the most diverse thinkers on campus. We as a whole are taught to think critically about text, media, etc. and be able to express our thoughts in a cohesive argument that can be understood no matter what medium it is told in. We’re out-of-the-box thinkers, we’re weirdos—but we’re marketable weirdos.
I guess the point of my blog was to partially brag about Creative Writing as a whole, but to also encourage you all to pursue whatever courses/majors makes you happy. Ignore those who would detract you from your own personal success because you may not be in a major that is “traditionally” one of the big money makers. There is a need for many skill sets out there in the real world, and Illinois provides the space for us to hone said skills.
Until next time,