My son Toby, currently a graduate student in English, just sent me this link to a Slate article about Mitt Romney discouraging students from becoming English majors. Here is the paragraph that caught my eye:
“You really don’t want to take out $150,000 loan to go into English because you’re not going to be able to pay it back. You might want to think about something else that meets your interest,” Romney said, noting that “as an English major I can say this,” reports ABC News. Romney graduated with an English degree from Brigham Young University and later went on to study law and business at Harvard.
I too am appalled that students have to take out $150,000 loans but, as for majoring in English, I point out to my majors that they have a wonderfully versatile major that prepares them for virtually anything. Now I have proof.
After all, judging by Romney’s example, they can become a CEO, governor of a state, a multimillionaire, presidential nominee of a major political party, and possibly even president of the United States.
I rest my case.