Why is writing easy for some and difficult for others?
There are several answers to this question. For some, reading and text is not the easiest way to learn and communicate. For others, writing seems intimidating because one can make many mistakes. However, in my experience as a tutor, the most common and simple hurdle I've seen in students is not understanding the writing process. In learning how to do the writing process tailored in a way that works best for how they learn, an better understanding on how to write can boost their confidence in their writing ability.
Why study English?
As an English major, I often get the question, "What will you do with that?" And the answer is complicated because if it's not teaching, people often assume studying English has no place for real world skills. However, the answer is also simple. I can do pursue any job with an English degree, as long as it involves writing, which is most jobs. Not only that, English majors acquire skills beyond writing, such as acute observation skills, creative thinking and critical analysis. In any professional field, writing is our main mode of communication and being able to express yourself well is more critical than most people think.
What applications are there for the creation of digital media materials, such as podcasts and short form videos?
Digital media is most commonly created for marketing purposes. From the 30 second dog-rescue videos that populate your Facebook page, to the Twitter hashtags that trend to promote a product, digital media is a medium that is far-reaching and highly efficient. Digital media can also refer to any media created in an online medium, whether it includes text, images, video or a mixture of all of those. For example, as our mode of communication increasingly turns to the online world, podcasts can be used to spread news and inform the public. Trailers are now tweeted out instead of being shown in theaters. Other applications can include using online campaigns to spread awareness for a no-profit organization. Needless to say, the creation of digital media is crucial today as technology has grown to exist in every part of our daily lives.