I am an English major, with a concentration in Professional Writing. When I tell people this, they usually have one of two general reactions:
1) “Oh…that’s nice. How very…practical.”
2) [sarcastically] “Wow, that sounds like fun!”
Here’s an example of no. 2 from earlier today:
Me: “I’ve got to go finish a copyediting test that’s due tomorrow.”
Classmate, sarcastically: “Oh man, that sounds like a fun way to spend a Sunday.”
Well, you know what, nay-sayers? I enjoy Professional Writing. I believe in the power of writing well, and I believe it’s an ability many do not possess. I want to make the world a clearer, more organized, and less cliche-ridden place; if I must bear the titles of “practical” or “boring” as a cost, then so be it.