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Peer Mentors

Otis College Peer Mentors

 

Otis College of Art and Design student leaders are devoted to enriching students’ experiences on campus by providing them with a network of support and guidance, developing interactive programming, and fostering a friendly and diverse community that is built on respect.

 

 

Peer Mentors 2019-2020
Peer Mentors are committed to enhancing the student development of first-year students by encouraging a successful transition into the Otis community, by connecting students to College resources, and by creating a community of engaged, thriving students. Peer Mentors serve as role models by promoting the Otis mission through their leadership, skills, and diverse talents. Peer Mentors are dedicated to inspiring and motivating their peers.

 


Meet the Team

CJ Sierra

CJ Sierra

Gender Pronouns: He, Him
Major: Product Design
Status: Sophomore
Student email address: csierra@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: cj_sierra@me.com

Briefly describe yourself:
I would describe myself as a kind, hardworking, dedicated person that loves to help others. I chose to be a student leader because it is one of the best ways to help students, I get to work one on one with students and actually see them grow, and along the way I create friendships with them.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
My advice to a new student is to talk to people and make tons of friends with faculty and students. When you graduate in four years, you will have a lot of people to back you up, and a lot of connections for your future.


Gabriela Masso-Isern

Gabriela Masso-Isern

Gender Pronouns: She/Her
Major: Toy Design
Status: Sophomore
Student email address: gmassoisern@otis.student.edu
Personal email address: gabrielamassoisern@gmail.com

Briefly describe yourself:
Hello there! I'm from Mystic, Connecticut, but I was actually born in California. I have three Chihuahuas and a leopard gecko with plenty of pictures to prove it. Of course I love art but I also love reading a good book when I have the time so if you have any recommendations send them my way! I am a very chatty person so if you see me don't be afraid to strike up a conversation. Growing up in a military family caused me to move around a lot growing up, putting me through many situations where I needed to adjust quickly to new surroundings. I know how difficult it is meet new people, make friends, and balance academics. I chose to be a student leader to help you in any way I can as you enter your first year at Otis College, and hopefully get to know you along the way!


Christina Denton

Christina Denton

Gender Pronouns: She/her
Major: Game & Entertainment Design
Status: Junior
Student email address: cdenton@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: cldenton128@gmail.com

Briefly describe yourself:
Hey! I'm Christina and I love cats, designing characters, and trying new artistic mediums! I love to immerse myself in fantastical content like D&D and video games. The community is the best part about Otis to me, and I want to help new students have the same great experiences I have had! By being a student leader, I hope to play my part and be one of many supportive and meaningful friends you'll meet here!

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
My advice for new students is to always persevere. Otis can be very challenging at times, but it's important to believe in yourself and try your best given the situation. Just remember to take pride in what you create, no matter how small it may seem!


Aalaa Yassin

Aalaa Yassin

Gender Pronouns: She/Her
Major: Game & Entertainment Design
Status: Junior
Student email address: ayassin@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: ayassin98@gmail.com

Briefly describe yourself:
I love cooking, writing, and documentaries (nature ones are my favorite)! I also really enjoy helping people and building a community around me that's positive and kind.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
My advice to new students is to look beyond the class or assignment you're given and see the bigger picture. But also make sure you're managing yourself well in terms of stress, sleep, and food, and limit the compromises you're making on those three.


Louis Chen

Louis Chen
Gender Pronouns: He/Him

 

Major: Animation
Status: Junior
Student email address: zchen1@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: zhuolechen@gmail.com

Briefly describe yourself:
I wish to be the change that was afflicted onto me during my freshmen and sophomore year that turned me into a student leader. Unlike my freshmen year, I am now more active within my community and actually knows people on campus. I strive to create a positive relationship with people in hopes that our relationship can grow into something meaningful in the future.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
My Advice: Make connections. You are in a small campus where it is possible that everyone can get to know each other. You are also in a major or career where making connections is key to success, so it's best to start practicing early.


Eli D. Sanchez Jr.

Eli D. Sanchez Jr.

Gender Pronouns: He/him
Major: 3D Animation
Status: Junior
Student email address: Esanchez@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: SectiSan@yahoo.com

Briefly describe yourself:
I'm just a simple man who likes cartoons and books. I love helping others and guiding them through confusing times because I don't want anyone to be as clueless as I was.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
My advice is to start to enjoy work. It's a ton of work to get what you want, if you don't already like it now, you never will.


Nick Azurin

Nick Azurin

Gender Pronouns: He/Him
Major: Game and Entertainment Design
Status: Junior
Student email address: nazurin@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: longshot168@gmail.com

Briefly describe yourself:
I'm a huge fan of most things nerdy, from comics to movies to video games. From personal experience, I know that adjusting to college life in such a close knit and small campus can be hard, especially for more introverted students like me. So I want to be someone who can help new comers adjust to the Otis community.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
The best advice I was given is to communicate with your teachers if you have an issue or something. They're people too and they genuinely want to help students.

For further information on how to become involved, contact Erica Javidzad via our online contact form, or call (310) 846-2595