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Humanities Major’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays

1917-12-01-The-Country-Gentleman-Norman-Rockwell-cover-Cousin-Reginald-Catches-the-Thanksgiving-Turkey-no-logo-400-DigimarcThe holidays?  They can be stressful, particularly when they give your family members opportunities to quiz you about your plans after graduation.

Some tips:

  1. Stay true to yourself. Spend time with a book you want to read but don’t HAVE to read to remind yourself why you got into this major in the first place. Write a poem. Watch a movie with some intellectual heft to it. Make a trip to the nearest independent or used bookstore.
  2. Learn more.  Take some time to browse this very blog for additional information on jobs that humanities majors do (including communication, business consulting, science journalism, running small businesses, legal writing…)
  3. Be prepared.  Often skepticism about your major comes out of loving concern, so think about how you can reassure the people who love you that you’re on your way to a stable, self-supporting adult life. Some ways you can show you are taking responsibility for your career path:
    • prepare to apply for a spring semester or summer internship
    • get to know Handshake and start checking it regularly to learn more about the kinds of jobs you’d like to apply for.
    • find a part-time job that will give you professional experience
    • find an alumni mentor