Introverts in Society Today

written by Georgia Schumacher 13 February 2012

In today's society, extroverts are often looked upon as superior to introverts. Describing someone as “outgoing” carries a positive connotation, while characterizing someone as “shy” or “quiet” is akin them possessing a serious character flaw. Time magazine recently examined the phenomenon of the introvert in the article “Don’t Call Introverted Children ‘Shy’.”

In the article, writer Susan Cain looks at the introvert objectively, ultimately concluding that like extroversion, introversion is a personality trait, not a flaw. She notes that introverts are not antisocial, but rather “differently social.” They are less likely to cheat than extroverts, and are more likely to be described as empathetic or conscientious.

The point of the article is not to position the introvert as superior, but rather to point out that such an individual is every bit the extrovert’s equal.

According to Cain, the ideal situation is one in which introverts and extroverts work together to achieve a common goal. She cites the partnership of extroverted Steve Jobs and introverted Steve Wozniak as an example of when this worked well.

The article demonstrates the need for us to move away from prescribing standardized versions of “normal.” Recognizing that there are many personalities that make the world go ‘round can only work to our benefit. It can help to encourage creativity and new ideas, both of which are needed to move our society forward.

Ways to Beat Cabin Fever

written by Georgia Schumacher 9 February 2012

There's no getting around it. The days are shorter this time of the year, and also colder. In many parts of the country, the snow is flying outside, causing traffic hazards and inspiring us to curl up with a blanket and some hot cocoa on the couch.

But surely we can’t spend the next few months in this position, as tempting as it may seem. Other animals like bears hibernate in the summer months, but we, as humans, must press on and continue with our everyday lives.

For The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division student, that means keeping up with your studies.

So how can you use these frigid winter months to your advantage, without developing a serious case of cabin fever in the process? Check out these tips.

  • Get Plenty of Rest. While you can’t exactly follow the bear’s example and sleep until the first day of spring, you’ll find that getting enough sleep – perhaps more than what you needed when it was warmer outside – will make you more productive as an individual. Now, before you start protesting with excuses like, “but I could use that time when I’m sleeping to finish my homework assignments,” consider how much more productive you’ll be when it’s time to do your schoolwork if you have a good night’s rest.
  • Go Outside. Maybe this is the last thing you want to do right now, but think back to when you were a kid, anxiously waiting to find out whether or not today would be a Snow Day. You’d spend hours outside with your siblings and friends building snow forts and snowmen. You’re an adult now, but that’s no reason you can’t have a little fun. If you have kids, get out and enjoy the snow with them. If you don’t, consider taking up a winter sport like cross country skiing. Exercise and fun are just as important in winter as they are at any other time, perhaps even more so!
  • Enjoy a Change of Scenery. If your normal workspace is becoming a little stale, consider changing it. Can you bring your laptop to a nearby coffee shop or restaurant? Perhaps you can get together with a friend and find a new place to study together. You may find that camping out in a public place to complete your work can be inspiring. People watching is always a fun activity, and may provide you with inspiration for your next assignment.

While winter can seem like the most arduous, intolerable time of year for many, with a bit of planning and creativity, you can be every bit as productive as you are at any other time of the year.

Eta Sigma Chapter of Kappi Pi Celebrates its Second Year

written by Georgia Schumacher 6 February 2012

The Eta Sigma Chapter of Kappa Pi at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division is celebrating its second full year with the fraternity. The Eta Sigma branch of Kappa Pi fraternity offers members not only recognition, but the opportunity to create meaningful professional and artistic relationships in the virtual world. The chapter members come from across the United States and work in a broad range of artistic fields such as Graphic Art, Media Arts and Animation, Interior Design, Game Design, as well as the Fine Arts.

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The virtual nature of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division makes everything Eta Sigma does somewhat unique. Most communication is done via a social networking interface exclusively for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division called Connections. It functions a lot like Facebook to help students to socialize, network, and become involved in a virtual community. Kappa Pi Coordinator and Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Aileen Dillon, created and helps manage the Kappa Pi page Connections, which serves as a forum for interchange among members. Non-members can view certain portions of the Kappa Pi page to learn about the organization and apply.

Faculty sponsors Alison Holmes and Christina Kotoske are very proud to announce that they inducted 35 new members on April 4, 2011, and 25 new members on December 7, 2011. Both ceremonies were held virtually using a combination of Adobe Connect and telephone. The new inductees represent some of the finest students and artists working at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division.

Eta Sigma is still young, but its members are already making a big impression. This year, professional Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Eta Sigma member Arden von Haegar was featured in the July 2011 edition of Nashville Arts Magazine. Closer to home, members Alicia Burgess and Nicole Millay both received an Honorable Mention in Kappa Pi’s 2011 scholarship contest this past summer.

The Eta Sigma chapter is happy to embark upon another exciting and productive year with Kappa Pi in 2012!

Celebrate Your Faculty at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division

written by Georgia Schumacher 2 February 2012

As a student at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division, you’re exposed to faculty members with a variety of interesting backgrounds, and, when you think back on it, there may be one or two that stand out in your mind. Now you have the chance to write about them for this blog!

Submit your blog post via our student submission website. In your blog, be sure to tell us:

  • Why does this faculty member stand out in your mind?
  • In which class did you encounter them?
  • How have they helped enrich your online learning experience?

There’s no time limit on these submissions, so whether you encountered the faculty member a year ago or are in session with them 6 months from now and come across this blog post, feel free to share your thoughts with us.