General Education Instructor
The Art Institute of Colorado
You'll need to be the person who's most passionate about your career. Lori Amidei , General Education Instructor , The Art Institute of Colorado
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I was so inspired by fashion that I went to college to study every aspect of the industry. As my fashion career progressed, I became interested in teaching the next generation of professionals.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
With degrees in fashion and communication, I have a solid blend of skills to pass along to students. I constantly stress that you’ll need to be the person who’s most passionate about your career.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
In my Critical Thinking course, students explore the role technology plays in their lives. Are we spending too much time in our virtual worlds? How is this changing our society? I ask students to look outside their comfort zones to seek new understanding.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?
I tell students that the key to collaboration is to continually network and communicate. The person you’re sitting next to in class could become an important part of your creative network. Strive to learn something new every day about your field.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
I always stress the importance of excellent individual, interpersonal, and group communication skills.
What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?
It's all about communication. Employers often cite communication as one of the most desirable skill sets they look for in college graduates.