Excellent advice, Jason! I especially like your recommendation to change schools and thereby change influences. Any given professor has their own specific approach and attitude toward their art, and so does any given institution! It's best to keep your influences broad in order to find your own true artistic soul.
There's a lot of pretense and imitation at most art schools. I vividly remember classes with prominent instructors where nearly all the students ended up painting just like the instructor. There are many reasons for this, and you'll no doubt find yourself doing the same. It's all part of finding your way. But a great way to protect yourself against this is to keep the instructors *and* the institutions mixed.
And that may be the only knock against an Atelier school. They're generally an intense study under ONE instructor. Although I agree that it's usually the best art instruction you can find, I think it should only be part of your approach. I love Jason's recommendation of smaller to bigger, or Atelier > small art school > large reknowned commercial art school. You find great stuff at each stage!
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of
little minds - Ralph Waldo Emerson