The Importance of Being Social
By Guest Blogger
BS in Graphic Design Student at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division
I am in my very first year of classes at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division. I started in April of this year, and so far I am loving my experience. The classes are fun, the students are polite, and the instructors are extremely knowledgeable in their fields. Literally everything that has happened to me or that I have done in my classes has helped to further my education. This includes – and is definitely not limited to – the critiques of my work posted by my classmates, the availability of the educators as well as technical support, online tutors available twenty-four hours a day, even counseling for those who need it. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. There is just as much content for students here at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division as there is at any other college, if not more.
In my opinion, the best thing about classes here is the socialization the classes require, and that is really saying something coming from a person who until very recently was a social outcast, lacking any desire whatsoever for attention from anyone who I hadn’t already placed my trust. I believe now that the only way to be successful is to build relationships, and where better to start then now, in school, where your contacts in another field may be able to help you with a project later on in life, when each of you has found your own path. This school enhances that by not only making socialization required, but also requiring students to socialize in a way that truly aids their peers, and to give their comrades tips on how to do better on projects, to truly give that “WOW!” factor. In the end it is not only beneficial to be social; it is a requirement for success.
I feel that blogging will help me continue to build those new relationships, and maybe even help fellow students that are in need of it. If I can provide students with the same kind of truly caring aid that I have been shown in my six months at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, I would be proud to do so. After all, progress moves so much faster when people help each other instead of using one another as stepping stones.
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