Thursday, August 30, 2012


So I've been tossing around the idea of going to college online. I've researched some Bachelors of Arts in English programs and the more seriously I think about it the more I can't seem to think of anything else.

I've posted before about my short attention span though, and the thought of enrolling only to quit a few months later is slightly painful (especially when you think that total, the degree would cost me somewhere around sixty thousand dollars.)

 But it's a testament to my admitted strangeness. The idea to go back to school popped into my brain when I was sitting here surrounded by a newborn, a 4 year old, and a 4 month old puppy. The TV was blaring, I was making lunches, doing laundry, listening to music, writing an email on my phone and rummaging through the freezer trying to come up with something to make for dinner. All at the same time. And suddenly it occurred to me that my life is pretty manageable. Hectic, yes, but not hectic enough. There are whole parts of my day NOT filled with chaos.

That doesn't sit well with me. So I thought "Maybe I should get my degree?" and promptly made time to research graduate programs and tuition prices. I even filled out FAFSA. Apparently I qualify for a Pell grant...

And the whole process made me wonder exactly how many writers have a degree in English? How many writers have a degree at all?

I'm obviously not considering going back to school because I NEED to. If anything I'd probably get the diploma, hang it on my wall and forget all about it. But English is really the only thing I'd be interested in studying. I've taken courses at The Institute of Children's Literature that really improved my writing, and I was invited to take an advanced course in Young Adult Novels (the first course was mainly basic writing skills and submissions for children's magazines.) But I wonder how I'd do in a full blown college situation. I suck at math, and science, and basically anything that isn't English. Who needs equations or beakers when you have Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte?

What about you? Do you have a degree? Is it in English? Is it in any way related to what you do for a living?


  1. I have a Japanese. :P You certainly don't need a degree to be a writer, but it doesn't hurt. And it doesn't even have to be English. For example, if you wanted to self-publish, a marketing or business degree could be really helpful.

    I'm actually kind of annoyed these days. I have this degree I'm in massive debt over but not even using it. But that's my feelings about it, ha. Obviously, if it's something you really want to do, you should if you can. I know that feeling of not having enough chaos. MORE CHAOS!

  2. I have a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English. I took mine traditionally by going to the university and sitting in the classrooms. I loved most of my English courses and all of my instructors. I am considering taking further education online. I think it really did help me with my writing. All the reading they made me do was great research. The only drawback is that I didn't have time to read anything for pleasure while I was in school -- but I was taking 3-5 courses per semester.