"Studying English taught us how to write and think better, and to make articulate many of the inchoate impulses and confusions of our post-adolescent minds. We began to see, as we had not before, how such books could shape and refine our thinking" (Chace).
English has taught me how to think better, which I'm grateful for. It has also taught me why I really wanted to go into English: to reach people through written words. Maybe it won't change anyone's life, but it might make someone stop and think about something a little differently or realize like I have through reading that I'm not the only one out there that feels this way. We read books to feel a connection that we can't always get from the people around us.
So in a way, I'd like to think that other people are out there not always going for the money, but to change people. Actually, I'm pretty sure that's what drove a lot of people to become English majors in the first place. Sure, money would be nice, but it really isn't that important to me. Something tells me I'll be rethinking that last statement though when I'm poor, but by then I'll hopefully have found some type of career doing something in English.