by Sarah Borich—Cedarville, Ohio
January 17, 2008
“Looking back, it’s the best decision I made.”
That’s one of the first things Cameron Arch ’06 has to say about his years at Cedarville, and no, he’s not talking about whether to have lunch at Chuck’s or The Hive. He’s talking about his decision to major in English.
From the beginning, the Papillion, Nebraska, native always intended to enroll at a Christian college. Having heard positive things about CU from others in his hometown, he added it to his list of schools to visit. And that was all he needed.
“When I stepped onto campus—it fit,” he recalls. “I felt a sense of peace and belonging. God made this perfectly clear.”
What wasn’t clear, however, was the best course of study to follow. After spending his first year and a half at Cedarville investigating a variety of different classes, he decided to surrender to what he always knew he wanted to do—write. He admits that at first he wasn’t sure how he would use an English degree, knowing he didn’t want to teach or write novels. But after speaking with a number of people in the business, political, and legal fields, he was able to put his fears to rest.
“I realized that an English major is actually marketable beyond teaching,” Arch says. “All those professions employ the writing craft in different capacities.”
Inspired by a speech former Chief of Staff Andrew Card made at Cedarville during his junior year, Arch spent the summer after graduation interning in the White House’s Office of Strategic Initiatives. After that, he accepted a position at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, where he drafted speeches for the director and wrote and edited briefs based on foreign assistance programs.
“Never did I feel unequipped with the education I received at Cedarville,” he says. “Learning to write well and to communicate effectively is foundational to succeeding in virtually every occupational field.”
Arch is now in his first year of law school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He continues to be thankful for the skills he gained as an English major.
“English majors read literature, analyze the text, and then interpret based on outside theories and their own understanding,” says Arch. “The process is the same in law school. Law students read legal cases, analyze the text, and then interpret the law based on precedent cases and judicial opinions.”
After earning his law degree, Arch plans to return to the Washington, D.C., area as an attorney, working in either government relations or administrative law.
“In my opinion, the English major is one of the most versatile, universally applicable degrees a person can receive,” he concludes. “Nothing could have prepared me better.”