As you are enrolled in art school, I would make the logical assumption that you consider yourself an artist. I want to know, based on your experience or insight, what is an artist?
An artist is creative. Every piece of art that they put out is a form expression. Artists are always trying to express themselves. Whether it's Van Gogh cutting off his ear, or wanting to prove a critic wrong, or wanting to escape a bad day, artists are always going to extremes to express themselves. art is also a reflection of peoples emotions. If someone's having a bad day, goes home and decided to start painting as a way of an escape, the piece is probably going to reflect a state of rage, or a state of sadness. Some artists also try to tell a story to people through their art, and feel like they can express themselves through that.