The Art Institute is a for profit school. http://petapixel.com/2011/09/02/us-gov-sues-the-art-institutes-for-11-billion-fraud/
I wasn’t a fan of your photos. The lighting looks harsh in some of your photos and the over vignetting is not flattering. I kind of like the idea in this one but it doesn’t look quite focused enough. http://dklemmphotography.deviantart.com/art/Kids-2-397007827
I’m not a professional though, just a long time Rebel shooter who is trying to learn myself, so I don’t have anything useful to say. Sorry :\ Good luck to you.