by Shelbie Condie
It was a Thursday afternoon, February 18th to be exact. Numerous students and faculty members shuffled into room FL1-8, enticed by the smell of pizza. Unbeknownst to them at the time, they were in for an even better treat after everyone settled in their cushioned seats.
What is the benefit of an English degree? Is one destined to grade mountains of papers until the crack of dawn? This question was tackled by Folsom Lake College’s newest member of the English department, Josh Fernandez. With a special appearance by acclaimed writer of the Sacramento Bee, Chris Macias, the two writing pals held an open forum for students to initiate the assets of having ‘English’ stamped onto their diplomas. Professor Fernandez shared his personal story of snatching a flyer out of his teacher’s hand and leaving class to interview for a magazine. He was then hired as a staff writer for Heckler and later worked for other mediums, like the Sacramento Bee, as a freelancer. Chris Macias illustrated his luck of getting into journalism. Originally, he didn’t pursue school to become a professional writer, but his love for writing and music, both initial hobbies, became a reality when he joined the Sacramento Bee in the late ‘90s.
There are various paths one can follow after receiving an English degree: local journalism to state work, and even to the glamour lights of Hollywood. The study of English gives an individual keen analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills and these can be adapted to any field. The workshop, “Conversations with the Pros”, proved the definition of cool is an English degree.
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