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Dana Johnson

Book-obsessed twenty-something with a passion for poetry, hiking, and being happy with what I have.

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Why I Don’t Feel Compelled to Finish Every Book I Start

This post was originally written for GenTwenty and can be found here.

In her article, Finish That Book!, Juliet Lapidos claims that literature suffers when we don’t finish the books we start reading. She lays out an excellent buffet of supporting evidence; that quitting a book halfway through may result in us missing something incredible; that finishing something, even if we don’t like it, makes us stronger; and that tossing a half-read book aside is just plain disrespectful to the author and the art of novel-writing itself.

And all of this may be true. I get it. Lapidos makes a compelling argument, but do we all need to commit fully to every book we start reading? Is it wrong to give up on a book? I say no.

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How to Market Your English Degree

This post was originally written for GenTwenty and can be found here.

When I began applying for professional internships during sophomore year of college, most recruiters heard the words “English major” and quickly discarded me as a viable candidate for corporate work.

I began to wonder if I should have studied business or communications instead, and simply pursue my love for literary analysis and poetry on the side. But in the end, deciding to pursue my English degree is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and has prepared me for the corporate world in ways I never would have expected.

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