Being a graduate of the English program has endowed me with the writing, creative, and critical reading skills necessary to follow my dreams. You need all three if you wish to be well-rounded, successful writer. Skills in the writing craft - to precisely express your thoughts on the page (that alone is a skill severely lacking in today's world; if you only learn to write well, I promise you shall always be in high-demand.) You need critical reading skills to learn to think-- really think--construct logical arguments, experience other cultures and worlds, empathize with characters (and in so doing build your own). Finally, you need creative skills to lead an intriguing and exciting life - this world has so much to offer; only by pushing our creative limits do we begin to take advantage of it.