Monthly Archives: July 2013

Summer Hiatus

We are going on our annual summer hiatus from now until the beginning of the Fall 2013 semester, and we will not be publishing any more blog posts until that time.  We wish you the best for the rest of the summer!

Jessica Berg Discusses How Traveling Abroad Shaped Her Thinking

This past Fall semester, English student Jessica Berg contributed two posts in which she discussed her experiences studying abroad in Ghana. You can read those previous entries here and here.  In her latest blog post, Jessica reflects on her experiences after being back in the US for several months and discusses the way traveling to Ghana has shaped her thinking.

*Photo Provided by Jessica Berg

*Photo Provided by Jessica Berg

It’s easy to list the tangible facts I’ve learned about Ghana. Information about the culture, language, politics, and art can be categorized and discussed without much difficulty, although the sheer number of details I could recount requires too much time and space to do Ghana much justice in a blog post. The hardest part about understanding my time abroad hasn’t been understanding the physical facts about Ghana, but coming to terms with the changes I’ve made as an individual and the different perspectives I’ve acquired. While it’s considerably more challenging to explain this part of studying abroad, I think it’s an important thing to do. After spending a semester back in the United States, readjusting to the usual routine, I’ve had time to gather my thoughts, and I’d like to share the most worthwhile things Ghana has taught me.

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Dr. Beach and Tyler Fields Go to the Job Fair. Part II: How You Can Make Yourself More Marketable! (By Tyler Fields)

On February 21st, Dr. Adam Beach and English department intern Tyler Fields attended the Ball State Job Fair to ask employers about their views of job candidates who hold a degree in English.  In this post, Tyler writes about the suggestions of the company recruiters for ways that English majors can make themselves more marketable.  Click here for Dr. Beach’s previous post about the recruiters’ positive views of English majors.

From parents of prospective students to graduates entering the job market, many find themselves asking the same question, “What do you do with a BA in English?” A creative writing major myself, I have asked my share of similar questions; however, after visiting Ball State’s job fair this past February with English Department Assistant Chair Dr. Beach, I discovered that the answer is, “Quite a lot, actually.” After visiting 30 job fair booths and talking with representatives, Dr. Beach and I began to notice the distinct pattern that many professions – ranging from insurance to media – were not only accepting of the idea of hiring an English major, but were often excited about the prospect. Many representatives noted a lacking skillset in their work force such as communication, critical thinking, and leadership among others. The English major can offer many of these skills and also allows for unique customization, where many other majors cannot. The question should not be, “What can I do with a BA in English?” but rather, “How can I enhance my BA in English?”

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