English majors are a speechie’s best friend.

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One of the unwritten, but certainly spoken, rules of college is to befriend an English major. Some of you might be perplexed. It’s elementary! English majors tend to be better with words than your average individual. Of course this is not always the truth; even some majors of this field do not know their material. Thus, this can be a gross stereotype, so speechie beware! But I have always been one to argue that in a stereotype is a shred of truth. This truth may capture a small percentage of the stereotype, but images arise from someplace.

Anyway, if you are involved in speech you should befriend an English major. If you are in high school, find the kid that will be an English major. You can spot the English major kid because they usually carry a book and/or writing utensils with them. Or maybe this is me I am describing? Regardless, once you have obtained your English major friend (this can be a close relationship or strictly business—be upfront about it!) you now have your secret weapon.

Why is this major the secret to success? Well, being an English major means knowing language. I should know. I am an English major, and Theatre minor, so I have been used endlessly for my skills. In high school I was the person you took your paper to when it needed proofread. In college that trend continued, as well as having intellectual conversations about language and literature/plays on the quad (THAT is joke—I am not an image you would see for a college brochure), while I earned a degree for my geekiness. Subtext, literary criticism, ideology, zeitgeist, and diction are all words in our arsenal. I literally earned a degree for my ability to read and write, why would you NOT take advantage of that?!

Now that you know the why, how about the what? What can these people do for me? Aside from explaining the finer points of Shakespeare, we are fully qualified to read and edit your speech. That OO you wrote is essentially a term paper. It has an introduction, body paragraphs of support, a conclusion, and citations. Transitions are there as well. Feed an English major and let them read/edit your paper! They can tell you if your structure is logical and organized the most efficiently. They can help you with word choice, transitions, and grammar. They can double check that the citations are correct and that the paper is not repetitive. That new cutting you have for Prose/Poetry/Duo/etc? They can read over a cutting and see if the structure is solid or if character development was pieced together well.

And most English majors will help you for free...or for a coffee.

I do realize that many of you speechies out there might already be gifted writers, but it is always beneficial to have another brain look over your work. When I student taught I told this to all my classes as well. When you read something you read it how it should sound in your head. Thus, mistakes/improvements can be missed. This speech/cutting is going to be judged and heard by numerous individuals during that piece’s career. Wouldn’t you want to offer the strongest piece possible? Find an English major, find a friend, and find your way to a higher rank!

It's always good to have a new, fresh look at a piece. Different people pick-up on different things, and this constructive criticism helps to cut a better piece. Those that are word oriented are always great for an OO!

LOL, yes. I have taken advantage of the Englishy person whenever I needed a piece of mine edited or looked over to see if the cut I made was good.

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