I was an English major, too—the kind of person who's supposed to come out of school flinging verbs like throwing stars and building walls of raw grammar. And I was good at being an English major. I read books and I wrote papers and I got good grades on them.
But being an English major is not the same thing as being a writer, much like being a student is not the same thing as being a person. Students must jump hoops in timed competitions to see where they stack up against each other. Their skills are relative and disposable. Real people in the real world must build themselves up so not to starve or fall into a hopeless pit of useless self-loathing. Real people in the real world have real things at stake beyond a letter next to their name.