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  • Pronouns: She / Her
  • Status: Senior
  • Major: Digital Media: Game & Entertainment Design
  • Student Email: ayassin@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email: ayassin98@gmail.com

Hey! My name's Aalaa, and if you can't say it right away - that's okay, just ask me. I'm a huge nerd from Egypt and I love documentaries, painting, and chocolate. I love helping people out wherever I can and creating a friendly & positive atmosphere.


My advice to incoming students is to be open to new experiences, people, and crafts, but also make time for yourself and your own passions. Art school can get pretty hectic but as long as you keep a strong centre, you'll be able to weather it through. Also- talk to people. Otis is a wonderful and friendly community that will definitely give back what you put into it.


  • Pronouns: She / Her
  • Status: Sophomore
  • Major: Fashion Design with a minor in Sustainability
  • Student Email: aschimmelman@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email: aineschimmelman@gmail.com

Hello! I’m Áine, pronounced on-yuh:). I would describe myself as a dedicated, thoughtful, organized, most-of-the-time optimist. I like to keep an open mindset and I love learning about new things, travelling to new places, and meeting new friends.


As an incoming student,I was worried about finding friends, but as the first few weeks went by, I met many of my now closest friends. My advice to incoming students is to reach out to others and surround yourself with people who support you and will encourage you to be your best self and artist.


  • Pronouns: He / Him
  • Status: Senior
  • Major: Product Design
  • Student Email:csierra@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email: cj_sierra@me.com

I’m from Miami, Florida and I love dogs and Marvel, (Spiderman is my fav. character), I also love designing and making furniture/art. 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.


My advice to a new student is to talk to people and try to make as many connections as possible. 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.


  • Pronouns: She / They
  • Status: Junior
  • Major: Toy Design
  • Student Email: ktorres@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email: khariphee@gmail.com

I am originally from Orange County California so I'm very familiar with the OC and LA area. I am pretty chatty when given the opportunity so if you need someone to talk to come find me! I also like to play on my switch so ask for my friend code and we can play some games together (visit my animal crossing island!). I chose to be a student leader to guide new students and help them learn to thrive at Otis and create great connections starting with the Peer Mentor program.

My advice to new students is to attend events to get to know as many people as possible to create new friendships and a family at school. Having the safety and support from your peers really makes the experience a lot more fun and you won't regret it.


  • Pronouns: She / Her
  • Status: Sophomore
  • Major: Digital Media
  • Student Email: ddeluz@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email: dayciedeluz808@gmail.com

Hey there! I’m but a simple aspiring artist who enjoys anything nerdy (from foreign films to Marvel to anime and manga) or cute (from stationary items to plushies to dogs). I love talking to others and making people laugh so if you ever see me on campus, don’t be afraid to say hi or to strike up a conversation! Otis’ peer mentor program has greatly improved my experience at the college and influenced me to become the best positive and helpful role model I can be to all of you newcomers. I’m here to help you as much as possible as you tackle your first year through academics, socializing, and finding some neat food hotspots!

My advice for new incoming students is to make connections/friends and to be an active participant in the Otis community. Don’t be afraid to talk to other people, especially the upperclassmen within the major you’re interested in as well as your teachers, because they’ll give you really important advice and insight for your education and your future career. The relationships you make in college may also be the most impactful and lifelong relationships you’ll ever make, as it was for me.


  • Pronouns: He / Him
  • Status: Senior
  • Major: Digital Media-Concept Art
  • Student Email: zchen1@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email: zhuolechen@gmail.com

I am a Boba addict and I love to sleep. What more do I need?

My advice for new incoming students is to KNOW your major and field of concentration and start aiming for it alone. Don't rely on the school to help your career. It's never too early and only always too late. Four years fly so fast. Treasure the connections you make at Otis because they matter more than you’ll think.


  • Pronouns: He / Him
  • Status: Senior
  • Major: Digital Media (Game and Entertainment/Concept)
  • Student Email: Nazurin@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email: nickazurinart@gmail.com

I watch too many movies to the point where my brain is like 80% movie references, comic books, and just a little bit of white noise. I chose to be a student leader because I know it can be hard to find friends in a new environment and I want to help those people out.

My advice for incoming students is to realize that teachers can only show you what to do up to a certain point, but it’s up to you to push yourself to reach the level you want to be at. Also CHECK YOUR EMAILS!!!


  • Pronouns: She / Her
  • Status: Senior
  • Major: Digital Media- Game and Entertainment Design
  • Student Email: kchang@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email: kkirachangg@gmail.com

Hello! I’m a senior in concept design. I enjoy playing games that tell a good story through immersive gameplay (like the Nier series, Bravely series, and Stardew Valley.) I really like spicy food and coffee!

My advice for new students: Student Leaders are your best information sources. Reach out to them when you have questions or trouble! They are knowledgeable and have good networks to help guide you to the right resources.


  • Pronouns: She / Her
  • Status: Sophomore
  • Major: Fashion Design with an emphasis in Costume Design
  • Student Email: nstokes@student.otis.edu

I am excited and serious! I love games and adventures, but I also like to know how you are doing deeply. Some of my favorite animals are cats, pigs, turtles, and cuttlefish. I chose fashion because it is a dream that I have had since I was a child. My interest in costume design came later, but it is just as strong! I can’t wait to meet you, and make more memories at Otis!

A tip I got from my Grandma was: don’t procrastinate; discipline gives you freedom. It is something I have tried to live my life by. I hope that it can be as significant to you as it is to me.


Laura Salazar

  • Pronouns: She / Her
  • Status: Sophomore
  • Major: Communication Arts/Graphic Design
  • Student Email: lsalazar@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email: lauraalejandrasalazar27@gmail.com

Hi! I’m Laura and I like to bake, dance, and talk to people. Also, I love puns. I consider myself to be a pretty outgoing person, and I think it’s because I had to move around a lot as a child. I love a good book (The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is probably my favorite), so any recommendations are greatly appreciated!

My advice to incoming students is to make connections! Know your professors. Don’t be afraid to talk to people. Get to know your peers, you might be working with them in the future.


  • Pronouns: She / Her
  • Status: Sophomore
  • Major: Digital Media Emphasis in Animation
  • Student Email: akurosawa@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email: amisoutan@gmail.com

Hello! I am from Henderson, Nevada, and I am Japanese American. Although I am shy, I love meeting people and making 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 for new students would be to talk to peers and teachers! By communicating and making lots of friends, it will help you and give you a fun college experience!


  • Pronouns: She / Her
  • Status: Junior
  • Major: Digital Media
  • Student Email: mcoz@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email: cozmadeleine@gmail.com

I am a very optimistic, detail-orientated, and open person that enjoys supporting & helping others. I really like to contribute & be part of a community, along with supporting others to feel welcome & comfortable, too! Also if you ever want baking recipes or to know about good places to eat, I'm the one to talk to.

My advice for new students is to reach out to other students – in your year and upperclassmen; in fact, get to know the faculty, too! It's very helpful and comforting to build connections & community among the people you see practically every day of the school year!


  • Pronouns: She / Her
  • Status: Junior
  • Major: Toy Design
  • Student Email: ckim1@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email: kcycy97@gmail.com

Hi! I'm Yessica. I have lived in various countries such as South Korea, China, Philippines, Canada and the States.
Based on the experiences from all countries I lived in, I want to be supportive and obliging to you in many ways on campus! Art schools are not easy going, so I would highly recommend not to procrastinate! If you do not cram assignments, Otis will not be a pusher. Furthermore, you have a great extent of opportunities to meet new amazing friends at Otis events!

My advice for new students is to always keep updated on what exhilarating and inspiring events are happening on campus!


  • Pronouns: He / Him
  • Status: Senior
  • Major: Motion Graphics
  • Student Email: mpkpengkun@gmail.com
  • Personal Email: mpkpengkun@gmail.com

Hi, everyone! My name is Daniel Mao. I am from ShenZhen, China. I love fitness and basketball. My major is Motion Graphics. I want to be a student leader cause I love to help people and make new friends.

My advice for new students is to work hard and gain experience from failure.