As a black person this makes me really proud but at the same time it really frustrates me because the news never focus on the positive qualities of blacks which in reality actually out weighs the negatives but the media only focus on the negatives.. why does a 4 year old black boy cussing makes huge media headlines but a 4 year black girl genius does not……that’s what really frustrates me. 

A lot of people think that languages degrees can be a bit pointless, but I think that this is mostly down to them not realising just how many different fields of work that you can go into just because you’ve studied languages to a high level. So I am writing this post to showcase just some of the amazing opportunities that a degree in languages, or even just the study of languages, can give you. 


An undergraduate degree in a language can just be the start of your education. After graduating, you have the opportunity to go on to do a postgraduate degree, or gaining a graduate diploma. Some people devote their entire lives to their own education and end up employed by universities or as researchers. 


This is the one that everyone thinks about. So many people whine ‘but I don’t want to be a teacher’ but there are some crazy souls out there that are passionate about the education of others and are drawn to being a teacher. This could be in primary schools, secondary schools, lecturing in universities or being a tutor. Just because you don’t fancy the idea of teaching tiny tots, doesn’t mean that you won’t thrive when lecturing to a room full of adults who are eager to learn. 


Being an interpreter is a high-pressure job. You have to translate the spoken word continuously or even simultaneously from one language to another. Interpreters are needed in so many different walks of life; from court rooms to hospitals, from deprived areas where charities work to standing in front of world leaders. 


In a general, being a translator is an art form. Especially when it comes to translating books or other creative outlets, a translator can spend a full morning pondering over the exact meaning of a specific word. Again, if you are translating important documents for a business, a courtroom or an International Committee then it’s high-pressure to make sure that everything is perfect. A challenge, with a fantastic reward. 


All of these industries are crying out for translators. Thanks to 24/7 media, our world has gotten so small. But it’s only with the help of people who are skilled in languages that we are still able to communicate with each other, to share information and collaborate. 


Using languages to work in the entertainment industry can be exceptionally helpful, especially when it comes to sharing the videos with the wider world. Language learners can get jobs in the media writing subtitles, assisting in creating dubs in other languages or on-screen translating into sign language. 


It goes without saying that an industry which specialises in the enjoyment of other countries and cultures would really benefit from language learners. Tour guides, travel agents, or even airline staff can all use multiple languages in their day-to-day life.


Our world is filled with disasters; whether that’s terrorism or natural events. People who are able to communicate in others languages are always needed to help with international relations and pull people together during disasters; whether that’s on the ground or in government making the tough decisions. 


Language learning can provide you with a fantastic range of skills that realistically can be applied to any job at all. Memory skills, good communication, problem solving and diplomacy are all improved by foreign language. So even if you don’t want to have a full languages degree, just taking a class in language can really enhance your CV. 

Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin’ else. And the reasons? There are no reasons.
—  Irvine WelshTrainspotting

Please fire me. I am a cleaner and today a woman pointed me out to her child and said ‘that’s why you have to do well in school - so you don’t end up like her’. I go to one of the top ten universities in the UK and I’m only cleaning to fund my studies.

Last week, researchers released a survey that found students were more likely to say they had applied to a particular college if they knew they were going to get enough financial aid to cover their costs.

In short: When students think they can afford college, they’re more likely to go to college.

College: I’ll Only Go If I Know (That I Can Afford It)

Photo Credit: Elissa Nadworny/NPR



The workload at university is slowly getting easier to manage; I’ve fully completed one worksheet way ahead of the deadline (for once), and have made some progress on most of the other worksheets. Algebra’s still killing me and I’m struggling with programming, but I’m already doing better than I was two weeks ago, so I think I just need more time to adjust.