‘You are the bane of my existence and the object of all my desires’. If you didn’t swoon at this line, do you even have a heart? Season two of Bridgerton was released on Netflix last week, and it has got us raising our standards for love yet again. The Bridgerton characters captured my heart, so of course, I had to imagine myself in this romance-filled, glamorised world. Naturally, I then had to imagine the characters in our academically stressed day to day lives. With the help of my friends, Juwayriyah and Temi, we put together a list of the degrees the Bridgerton characters would take, which I’ve elaborated on below:
Starting with the most obvious, Penelope would study Journalism. Her keen interest in the latest gossip and her role as Lady Whistledown would make the course a perfect match. She would approach it with a single-minded determination, eager to receive the best intern positions and opportunities in order to captivate as large a readership as she can gain.
Next, we have Kate. Her love for animals would make her a perfect Vet. She is not one to shy from hard work, and would go on to establish her own practice. Her monetary success would not be her primary goal: she would find contentment in the actual work, although she would aim to earn enough to support her mother and sister.
Anthony, for all his similarities to Kate, would not study what he loves. He would choose Business for the success it brings his family. He would be bored out of his mind, and partying his way through uni, only to surprise everyone with his first at the end of the course. If he were to choose a subject he enjoyed, however, my guess is that he would pick maths. He would find the appeal in its logical rules and defined terms that allow for right and wrong answers – nothing in between.
Benedict and his many artistic abilities would have many options when going to university, from Fine Art to History of Art. However, I think he would settle on architecture, going on to being the biggest pain any civil engineer would have to work with due to his almost impossible designs.
Colin’s love for travel and appreciation for nature would lead him to study Biology, specialising in environmental and ecological modules. He would spend his time travelling the world after graduating for his ‘research’ (don’t actually ask to read his paper, he might not be able to produce anything). This would, of course, come after a two-year gap where he would have toured different continents in an effort to find himself and his passions.
Daphne Bridgerton has always wanted children and loves to teach. She would study to become a primary school teacher. Her gentle demeanour and patience with her siblings are early practice for her eventual career.
Eloise would be torn between the many degrees she could take: from Law to Sociology and Politics. Her interest in current social affairs and gender rights would be served by the two degrees in different ways. I believe she would start with a degree lending her flexibility in her academic pursuits: Sociology and Politics. With her love for learning, she’d end up an academic and activist. Eventually, she would have more than one degree (she may end up turning to law after all), under her belt.
Theo would work to become a lawyer, championing the cases of the working class. He would also join debate society and meet Eloise where sparks will fly. The rest of the society would bring the popcorn and settle down just to watch the entertainment of the two going back and forth on their ideas.
Edwina loves her romance stories, which is why she’d enjoy a combined course in Creative Writing and English Literature. Her Literature modules would allow her to appreciate the story-telling of other authors. In her creative writing, she would write herself and her fans endless stories, with all the representation and happily ever afters they (and she) deserve. Let’s hope we see hers in season three!
International Relations or Diplomacy are the perfect degrees for someone whose role includes ruling the country. The Queen would enjoy outwitting her peers with a double-edged remark, a skill that diplomacy would only hone.
Lady Danbury, with her sharp tongue and sharper mind, would have studied Chemistry. A woman in STEM, she would take down the men with a cutting remark, then go on to outshine them in her work. She’d particularly enjoy the labs. Eventually she would experiment her way to new, groundbreaking discoveries.
Lady Featherington would probably have studied Accounting and Finance if only to ensure she does not have to rely on any man to keep her affairs in order. She would take over all the work in the group projects, only to then ensure she gets the sole credit for it, pulling ahead of everyone else.
Lady Bridgerton would study the Classics alongside a modern language. Her romantic outlook on life would be drawn to the subject that covers early philosophies on love and allows her to access the dead romantic languages (Latin) that open up a world of literature for her to lose herself into. Her guilty pleasure would be the Greek tragedy as they explore the twisted reality of humanity (not quite in line with her public image of a romantic). A modern language would allow her to connect her Classic studies with her contemporary world.
Cressida Cowper is very pretentious, fitting right in with the posh Economic students. She’d be that girl angling for spring weeks or internship opportunities in investment banking (and by all means, get that bag)! She’d also fit the stereotype of bringing every conversation back to the markets, and would definitely look down on you for not wanting to go into finance, being quite a bore to be around.
And lastly, we have Simon. The Duke would definitely have been sent to Eton by his father, yet somehow come out of the school a half-decent person. He would study PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and work his way into politics. However, his daddy issues would cause him to resent what his father stands for (let’s be honest, it’ll probably be right-wing extremism), leading him to become something of a socialist.
Do you agree with this assessment of the Bridgerton characters?? Leave a comment below! And if you have not made the time to watch it yet, check out this article to see our expectations for season two. Then rush to your laptop and turn on Netflix, because you’re missing out!