22 Unavoidable Struggles Every Modern Foreign Languages Student Will Face After Graduation
If you study Modern Foreign Languages at university, there are some struggles you’ll be unable to avoid once you’ve graduated.
1. Forever being asked if you’re fluent now.
2. And receiving odd, judgemental looks from people when you ask them to define fluent.
3. Or being coerced into providing proof by translating whatever sentence is thrown at you.
Maybe you’ll just start carrying your degree around.
4. Constantly being questioned on whether you actually use your language skills now you’ve graduated.
5. And having people either overreact if you say you do.
6. Or seem slightly smug if you say you don’t.
“You don’t use them, really? That’s such a shame.”
7. Feeling like you’re being judged if you’re working in a job that doesn’t require your language skills.
8. And needing everyone to understand that your motivation for doing a language-based degree wasn’t solely career-based.
9. Regularly feeling like maybe your uni should revoke your degree whenever you can’t think of how to say something.
10. Or when you realise you’ve completely forgotten how to conjugate a lot of verbs.
11. And only making this discovery when you’re half way through a sentence.
12. Having everyone assume that you’re an expert in anything and everything to do with your degree.
13. And feeling incredibly guilty when you don’t.
Especially in pub quizzes.
14. Always being interrogated on why you’re not living abroad already.
15. And whether it’s because you regret all of your recent life choices if you’re not.
16. Needing to finally accept that language degrees don’t open up quite as many doors as you were led to believe.
17. And realising that your knowledge of niche, foreign cinema isn’t all that helpful in the business world.
18. While trying to figure out how best to organise your transferable skills.
19. Still feeling slightly traumatised by speaking exams.
20. And wishing Facebook would stop shoving memories of your Year Abroad in your face all the dame time.
Thanks for reminding me I’m not there any more.