Events
  • For the second year in a row, Otis will be hosting the Community Works Institute - Summer West. This is a five day professional development program for K-16 teachers focused on place based education, service learning and sustainability. There is a discounted rate for Otis faculty, staff, students and alumni to participate. Contact the Artists Community Teaching program for more info: act@otis.edu

  • Classes End.

  • I Know What You Did This Summer is a series of bi-weekly gatherings in the Bolsky Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design organized around informal slideshow presentations by curators, artists, writers and producers in the Los Angeles area. Taking the form of a personal travelogue, presenters will share places, experiences, and encounters during summer travel near and far. I Know What You Did This Summer is an occasion to enjoy drinks and conversation among friends, colleagues and our community.

    July 7: Anna Sew Hoy / Jesse Stecklow

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O-Leaders

Meet Your O-Leaders

To help with your orientation and your transition to the Otis family, the O-Leaders, a group of selected student leaders will be available during O-week!

We are available to answer your questions, help you get familiarized and introduce you to the campus community. Get to know us before O-Week. We will be a valuable resource. Find us, talk to us, and introduce yourself!

Become familiar with who your O-Leaders are. We are an enthusiastic bunch and are just excited to get to know you, so don't be shy and reach out to us! We each provide an Email address, so feel free to send in your questions, concerns or simply email us and say hi!

Welcome to the Otis Family!

We can't wait to meet you!

Your 2016-2017 O-Leaders Team!

Anna Solomko
Anna Solomko
Anna Solomko
Major: Digital Media
Graduation Class: 2018
Contact Info: annaisheree@mail.ru
asolomko@student.otis.edu

Something about me:
I like dancing even though I don't do it well.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
I've been TAing for freshmen for a year now, and I realized that I like interacting with students and especially help them out if they are confused or just looking for help. I think as an O-leader I will be able to hang out with a lot of new people and share my experience regarding Otis College of Art and Design.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
I would say the international day during O-Week because it was the first time I attended Otis activity. I think it is memorable because I was super scared. But at the same time, I met an insane amount of people, who became my close friends during the first year.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
I wished to know about activities that were happening on campus.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
I think it is a great opportunity to learn from other people.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
I would just let them know that OTIS is like a big family and there is nothing to be scared of.

Bayli Robinson
Bayli Robinson
Bayli Robinson
Major: Digital Media / Game & Entertainment Design
Graduation Class: 2018
Contact Info: brobinson1@student.otis.edu
bayli.robinson@gmail.com

Something about me:
I enjoy meeting new people, playing video games, and telling bad puns!

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
I became interested in wanting to be a student leader because I wanted to help student in the Otis community feel welcomed and to help create a sense of community among peers.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
My most memorable moment as a first year student was walking around the halls and seeing all of the different talent that students possessed. Those students were and continue to be my peers and that amazed me. I felt like I was somewhere I belonged and where I knew I would fit in regardless!

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
As a first year student, I wished to learn how to better communicate with those who weren't as open or were more introvert. Since then, I've learned to be able to talk with all sorts of different people including those who are more quiet or afraid to open up to others.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
I love being a part of a diverse community! There are so many different types of people from different places and that can open a variety of different connections with people you may have never thought possible to bond or connect with from many different places. It opens a doorway to new relationships and a more connected community.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Some advice that I would give to an incoming first year student would to be open to new possibilities! Don't be afraid to open up to others and show your peers that they don't have to be afraid either. The worst thing someone could say is "no" or say nothing at all. If you make an effort to help someone feel welcomed, you are helping to build a community and a connection that just might open many possibilities to connect with your peers and others around you.

Hind Abdulmajeed
Hind Abdulmajeed
Hind Abdulmajeed
Major: Fine Arts SCNG, Minor in Product Design
Graduation Class: 2018
Contact Info: habdulmajeed@student.otis.edu
hindabdulm@gmail.com

Something about me:
This is my second year as an O-Leader. I really love meeting and talking to new people. I like to sing… EVERYWHERE! I am a terrible singer but it doesn't stop me from having a one person concert in my car.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
My foundation year mentors were a great help to me, and inspired me to become one myself.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
I always have a volleyball in my car. One day my friends and I got bored so I grabbed the volleyball and we played on the grass at otis. The best part was seeing students I didn't know drop their backpacks and join the game!

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
I wish I knew that it’s ok to ask for help. It’s ok to not know things, we are here to learn.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
I was not born in the US. I was raised in multiple places in the world. Seeing people just as diverse has been great. I’ve been exposed to different cultures and backgrounds. The diversity opened my mind up to the many possibilities.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
School work is really important, but don't forget to give yourself time. Go out and have fun. Spend time with your friends. Treat yourself to a nice meal. The better you feel on the inside the better the work you will put out!

Daveion Thompson
Daveion Thompson
Daveion Thompson
Major: Digital Media (Motion Graphics)
Graduation Class: 2017
Contact Info: daveionthompson@gmail.com

Something about me:
I really enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, whether they are something I create or something I found online, good food makes for a great time. I consider myself to be a photography enthusiast.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
I became interested in being a peer mentor because I have a huge passion for helping people. I know first hand how hard it can be to come to a new place where you quite possibly might spend the next four years of your life. Honestly, I just want to help make that transition as smooth as possible.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
For me, O-camp was my favorite experience foundation year; I really had fun meeting and hanging with all of the other first year students.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
My first year I wish I would have better managed and scheduled my time.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
Being apart of the Otis community is also; you're able to connect with people from many different backgrounds and cultures. I've learned the most fascinating from my fellow classmates, which in turn has made me a better artist and overall creative.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
My advice for first year incoming students would be to be yourself(the weird, eclectic, eccentric you), get to know your fellow classmates, and most importantly explore the otis campus and community. Also explore creatively, and never get complacent with your work.

Justin Kahn
Justin Kahn
Justin Kahn
Major: Digital Media (Game &Entertainment concept)
Graduation Class: 2017
Contact Info: justinkahn@gmail.com
kthai1@student.otis.edu

Something about me:
I'm from Vietnam and 26. Decided going back to school due to my 'quarter-life-crisis'. I always wanted to draw and create worlds in my head so I chose to be a game concept designer. Big Pokemon fan and also love the horror cinema.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
I wanted to help out other students, especially those who just came to the States. I'm an international student so I had gone through whatever us abroader would run to in my first year. It would be nice to help out new student to get their life adjust easily with Otis and have a good academic year ahead.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
I remember how hard it was to find time to sleep. With all the assignment and homework, all I did was to work as hard as I can. Also people around was super friendly, which gave me encourage to get thru my first year.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
How thing runs around school. Like which office I run to if I have any problem. Or some insight about those classes I took.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
It's a great experience. I have chances to get to know difference people from other culture. it helps to expand my understanding of the world and gets inspiration on working on my projects.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Sleep whenever you can and ask if you need some help.

Stephanie Goldstein
Stephanie Goldstein
Stephanie Goldstein
Major: Illustration
Graduation Class: 2019
Contact Info: stephanierosegoldstein@gmail.com
sgoldstein@student.otis.edu

Something about me:
I like to draw, paint, bake, cook, and watch cartoons.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
I was interested in becoming a student leader because I love Otis, I enjoy helping people out, and being involved in school activities.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
My most memorable moment as a first year student would have to be when Otis had a bunch of reptiles come to the school and I got to hold a snake for the first time.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
As a first year student I wish I had known how to use Photoshop better.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
Being part of a diverse community such as Otis is an amazing experience, I have made the best friends, learned a lot from my professors, and have been exposed to the arts and culture.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
The best advice I can give to an incoming first year student would be to manage your time wisely and make sure you get enough sleep!

Waranya Chuencheevit
Waranya Chuencheevit
Waranya Chuencheevit
Major: Digital Media emphasis in Motion Graphics
Graduation Class: 2019
Contact Info: wchuencheevit@student.otis.edu

Something about me:
I'm from Thailand but I am not an international student.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
I think that becoming a leader is a difficult process, but it is step that I should take in order to become more open-minded.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
The most memorable moment for me as a first year student was during the six hours period of my Life Drawing class because it is the class that I felt like my skill had improved the most.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
I wish that I had known that retention is one of the most vital key of making a better artwork and projects.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
I like being part of a diverse community because seeing different people from different places make me feel like I have a larger connection.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Some of the advices that I would give is to always be prepare for class, be on time, do your best, and never procrastinate.

Tyson Amano
Tyson Amano
Tyson Amano
Major: Digital Media Animation
Graduation Class: 2018
Contact Info: tyson.teamamano@gmail.com
tamano@student.otis.edu

Something about me:
I like to draw, I have played guitar for 11 years, and I also study tarot cards every now and then.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
For incoming freshmen, the first year at college can be intimidating and difficult for some to handle. I want to help make people’s first college experience as fun and less scary as possible.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
Spending my first all-nighter at school during finals week and sleeping on the floor for 30 minutes every hour before getting back to work.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
How to drive. I had to go to Blicks so many times for supplies and my mom had to drive me there every time.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
It’s very interesting seeing people from all walks of life and different cultures and it is fun for me to learn where other people are from since I never have been outside the country before.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Remember to eat healthy and learn to cook, it is easy to burn through money in a week if you eat take-out and fast food everyday.

Hongyu Zhou
Hongyu Zhou
Hongyu Zhou
Major: Digital Media
Graduation Class: 2017
Contact Info: zhouhongyu524@icloud.com

Something about me:
Hi. My name is Hongyu Zhou. I will become a senior this coming fall 2016. I love video games. films, photography, music and travel. Last but not least, draw, draw, draw.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
Otis is a multicultural college. There are huge amount of students coming from different countries, especially Asian countries. Therefor, it’s crucial to have an international O-leader for those new students. It would be really helpful. Cause I did go through those ups and downs, I knew how to help them out in a right way.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
I was a transfer student, so I didn't get the foundation experience.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
I wish to know what kind of student activities throughout the whole year. I wish to know more about the different majors and how it looks like so that it can help them to decide their major the second year.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
It’s definitely challenging but I learned a lot. I made lots of friends from different culture background. It’s fresh but interesting.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Start making friends now, you will be surprised.

Jeanette Kulick
Jeanette Kulick
Jeanette Kulick
Major: Digital Media
Graduation Class: 2019
Contact Info: jkulick@student.otis.edu
snordicssay@gmail.com

Something about me:
I’m a sophomore entering Digital Media and hoping everyone feels as welcome as I do at Otis!

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
When I first came here, I didn't know if I would fit in, but I am sure now this is the school for me, and it's important to me that others can feel confident about this community.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
Even though I placed schoolwork as my first priority, it was the moments I spent with friends I made in the Otis community that I cherished the most.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
When I began at Otis, I had a hard time reaching out for the first week out of shyness, but it didn't take me long afterwards to find out how friendly others can be here.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
This diverse community is very unique, and presents an equally unique opportunity to make friends with students who live locally as well as around the world. I learned so many things from my new friends and tried new things!

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Don't be afraid to speak to those around you. You never know what you'll learn, and we're all here because we love the arts in its many forms.

Dhairya Patel
Dhairya Patel
Dhairya Patel
Major: Digital Media (Minor Photography)
Graduation Class: 2018
Contact Info: dpatel@student.otis.edu
willdesign@outlook.com

Something about me:
I am an optimist and always happy. I make jokes all the time, as I believe- Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at. I always have time for my friends and family.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
One major reason is, being an international student myself I know how big the change is and it takes time to adapt or get used to a new place. Most of us have gone through this, same as me, but I feel I can be very helpful for the students who will be going through this phase. The other reason is that you make connections, meet new people and it is really important to connect with new people.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
Halloween! Hands down, one of the most amazing days, as it was my first Halloween and I always wanted to be part it. It is exciting to see your fellow peers dressed up in cafes or classes. Even the teachers encourage you to dress up for the classes which are on that day! And what makes this more fun on campus is the best costume competition, which also encourages some people to take this on a whole different level!

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
Mostly about the teachers, as I feel that helps on the part of taking classes and be on the right track. Also good places to go out to!

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
It is helpful and wonderful! It is so much fun to be in a community like this as you learn a lot not just about that person but also about their culture and interesting things, about different languages and their beliefs. I feel you learn to respect people more once you are outside of a small bubble, where you know people from around the world. Also one other thing is that some of the stereotypes are busted! :P

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Don’t be shy! Talk to people, if you already have a circle of friends that’s good, but ask your classmates or people from your year what do they do when they are free and if they say nothing, “invite them to your circle”. Form a strong friend circle. Take as much pictures as you can in your first year, because as you go to sophomore, junior an senior, those pictures would be priceless.

Cheyenne Gutierrez
Cheyenne Gutierrez
Cheyenne Gutierrez
Major: Animation
Graduation Class: 2018
Contact Info: cheyennelg@hotmail.com
cgutierrez@student.otis.edu

Something about me:
After having a brain injury, I realized that life is too precious to not chase after your dreams.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
I became interested in being a student leader at Otis to give new students the chance to be successful in chasing their dreams, and to never give up on having the ability of bringing that dream to life, while having fun in doing so. I would make sure that Otis is not only a school to the new students, but as a family as well.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
The most memorable things that I got from my first year at Otis was not only the unforgettable skills and techniques, but the new friends and faculty members who you will consider to be part of your new family at Otis.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
I definitely wish that I had known more about the importance of time management and that the work load definitely takes up most of the day. I also wish I had known more about all of the different resources that Otis has to offer, and that the library and the SRC are definitely the most important places for homework, midterms, and finals. I unfortunately did not take advantage of those resources, therefore I struggled a lot.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
Being a part of such a diverse community is really awesome because I've had the opportunity to learn about so many different cultures and beliefs that other people are a part of and practice. It has definitely opened up my mind to want to learn more about each culture and has given me the urge to take advantage of all of the travel study trips that Otis provides. (Japan was amazing!)

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Some advice I would give to a first year student would be to: work on your homework with other students; form long-lasting relationships (because you could be working with/for them someday); communication is key, so talk to professors in you're ever confused about a project; start on your homework the day you get it to give it the best quality and to avoid stress and sleepless nights, all criticisms are constructive criticisms to help you improve your artwork and are to benefit you, not to hurt you; don't compare your work to others just because you think that theirs is better, no work of art is considered "suckish" and everyone's style is different. Don't get discouraged just because you think that someone might be "better" than you. Practice makes perfect, and everyone has their strengths and weaknesses.

Jonathan Colin
Jonathan Colin
Jonathan Colin
Major: Fine Arts : Photography
Graduation Class: 2019
Contact Info: jcolin@student.otis.edu
joniscolin1@gmail.com

Something about me:
I'm a kind outgoing boy with a slightly bad posture who takes pictures, makes music, draws, and paints to stay happy. I can make my ankle crack on command and I'm McDonald's biggest fan.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
The student leaders from my first year provided very helpful information and helped me feel comfortable at the college. I could tell they were as dedicated to making Otis greater as they were to their own work. They were all inspirational kind people and I would also like to provide my help to Otis and it's students.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
I remember going through the student gallery on the second floor at the end of the year and seeing four works of mine being displayed. It reminded me of all the hard work I have accomplished through the year and I felt so much pride.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
I wish I had a clearer idea of how the workload was going to be throughout my year. It took a long time to find a schedule that worked for me.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
One of my favorite things about Otis is that I feel very comfortable being a student here and that is due to the diversity. Everyone comes from completely different backgrounds and we are all learning from each other and connecting.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Classes may be tough, but if you believe in yourself and your work, push through because it is worth it. Time management is very important to keep in mind and avoid procrastinating. Otis gives students access to many different things: take advantage of them, explore different mediums and challenge yourself.

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