The broad exposure to several durations of literature makes you find interests in subjects you never ever engaged with before. For me, post-colonialism was my newfound love.
Flexibility, versatility, versatility!
Something I didn't expect was just how much versatility the English department offers us. Studying English at York is awesome because the course offers you a great deal of independence to direct your research studies. The English course has fairly few contact hours (a.k.a. time invested in lectures and seminars) as compared to other topics. This indicates that a lot of time spent at university is devoted to independent studying and taking the initiative to find tutors in their workplace hours to engage them in conversations about a text/idea that you're actually passionate about.