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Orientation Leaders

  • Pronouns: She/They
  • Major: Fashion Design with a minor in Sustainability
  • Status: Junior
  • Otis Email Address: aschimmelman@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email Address: aineschimmelman@gmail.com

Hello! My name is Áine (pronounced like on-yuh) and I have a passion for the environment, daydreaming about moving to an abandoned castle, and anything fashion related! I love cats, making new friends, and am so excited to see you on campus this year!

The advice I would give to new students is to stay organized, not be afraid to ask for help, and surround yourself with friends who support you and will encourage you to be your best self and artist. 


  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Major: Digital Media Emphasis in Animation
  • Status: Junior
  • Otis Email: akurosawa@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email: izaoutan@gmail.com

Hello everyone! I'm Ami and I am a Japanese American from Henderson, Nevada. I love collecting cute things and stuffed animals, and I also love baking and playing video games! Although I am shy, I do love making new friends! By being a student leader, I hope to help and get to know you as you experience your first year at Otis College!

My advice to new students would be to talk to your professors, peers, and upperclassmen! Creating connections will help you and give you a great college experience!


  • Pronouns: they/them
  • Major: Toy Design
  • Status: Sophomore
  • Otis Email Address: ofriddle@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email Address: 80meat@gmail.com

Hi! I’m Bowen; I’m from Asheville, North Carolina! I love 90s and early 2000s anime, and I collect Sanrio and Hamtaro merch! In my free time, I like hiking and walking around (there are a lot of great places to walk around near Otis)! I was really shy before coming to Otis, and I feel like being here has really helped me get out of my shell and connect with people! 

My advice to new students would be to find what you’re passionate about and pursue it, even if what you’re passionate about changes from what you initially thought! I spent a year as a Digital Media major before deciding to switch to Toy Design! Follow your passions! 
 


Emelie Gardanier 

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  • Pronouns: She/Her 
  • Major: Digital Media Animation
  • Status: Sophomore
  • Otis Email Address: egardanier@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email Address: emgardanier12.m@gmail.com 

Hi! I am a girl from the island of Maui that likes to work hard and get some rad tea. I’m pretty chill and love myself some good anime, kdrama, cartoons, and rad human interaction. Don’t be afraid to let me know if you need anything because I’ll do my best to retrieve the info. 

To new students coming into Otis my advice is to find good people that will work hard and who you can learn from. And stay in contact with teachers you like and teachers that are frustrating to reach perfection with. Don’t slack off because you will be taught and working with teachers, staff, and possible students that are in the work field you desire. Give your work 75-80% effort and stay healthy with your 20% to yourself.


  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Major: Digital Media | Emphasis in Game and Entertainment 
  • Status: Junior 
  • Otis Email: Ipark@student.otis.edu 
  • Personal Email: sohyunp243@gmail.com 

So a little about me: I have two dogs that I love more than most of my family members. Nothing is stopping me from going full-on terminator mode if they ever were in danger...and I also enjoy the 


  • Pronouns: she/her
  • Major: Communication Arts/Graphic Design
  • Status: Junior
  • Otis Email Address: lsalazar@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email Address: lauraalejandrasalazar27@gmail.com

Hi there, I’m Laura and I like to bake, dance, play video games and make new friends! I have lived in many different places (El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Savannah, GA, and now Los Angeles!) which I believe is the reason why I'm so outgoing. I love bad memes (speaking of which, graphic design is my passion)

My advice for new students: Make sure to take care of your mental health! Although your classes and assignments are important, remember to rest, stretch, and take care of yourself :)


  • Pronouns: She/her
  • Major: Communication Arts/Graphic Design
  • Status: Sophomore
  • Otis Email: yfan@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email: moriafanyx@gmail.com

Hey! I’m Moria and I’m from China. I like all kinds of movies, especially detective movies, and I like dogs and cats very much. I consider myself an optimist and an organized person who enjoys learning new things and making new friends. By being a student leader, I hope to be a friend to you and offer help to you during your first year at Otis. I can't wait to meet you at Otis!

My advice for new students is to make connections, whether with peers or teachers. They will always offer help and advice at different points, so don't be shy about taking the first step. This will help a lot in college life.


Patrick Henderson Jr.

  • Pronouns: He/Him 
  • Major: Digital Media 
  • Status: Junior 
  • Otis Email Address: phenderson@student.otis.edu 
  • Personal Email Address: pphendersonjr@gmail.com 

Hello! My name is Patrick, but you can call me Pat! I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and have lived on the East Coast until coming to Otis. I’m a HUGE Disney movie nerd who also likes video games and cooking. I love talking to people so please don’t hesitate to say hello if you see me! 

My advice for new students is to not hesitate to learn new things outside of school and class! There are things that you can’t rely on school to help you when plotting a career, they can only guide and give you direction. The other half is the effort you put in! Also, ALWAYS check your emails!