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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 are committed to enhancing the student development of first-year students and encouraging their successful transition to Otis College. Peer Mentors create opportunities for new students to make connections with their peers and their community through interactive events and programming. Peer Mentors also aim to support their mentees by meeting with them one and one throughout their first year, guiding and motivating them, informing them about Otis College resources, and reminding them to take advantage of special opportunities for first year students, such as our Take FLIGHT program. Peer mentors are committed to creating a community of connected, engaged, and thriving students. 

 


Áine Schimmelman

Áine Schimmelman

  • 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. 


Bowen Friddle

Bowen Friddle

  • 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! 


Daycie De Luz

Daycie De Luz

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Major: Digital Media, emphasis in Motion Design
  • Status: Junior 
  • Otis Email Address: ddeluz@student.otis.edu
  • Personal Email Address: dayciedeluz808@gmail.com

Hi I’m Daycie-Your local boba-loving, plushie-obsessed, anime-watchin' and manga-readin' art nerd :D I really enjoy going out to eat good food and find new cute stationery items and stuffed animals that I don't need, but desperately want. Feel free to say hi if you ever see me on campus! Ask me about some good food and boba places in Los Angeles, my Tutter meme photo album, or what I think about the Demon Slayer movie hehe.

My Advice: Don't be afraid to reach out to others and to start a conversation with new people, even the upper-class students! The Otis community is super welcoming and friendly, and the relationships you make in college can be the most impactful relationships you make in a lifetime! Ask your upper-classmates questions about the major you're interested in and the industry you're looking at getting into; we're always open to helping and telling you how to achieve your goals. Also, check your emails. Check your emails please.


Emelie Gardanier 

Emelie Gardanier 

  • 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.


Patrick Henderson Jr.

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!


Suni Mullen

Suni Mullen

  • Pronouns: She, Her, Negress 
  • Major: Fine Arts, Painting 
  • Status: Junior 
  • Otis Email Address: smullen@student.otis.edu 
  • Personal Email Address: blakkanvasmgmt@gmail.com 

Peace, Peace. My name is Suni Mullen. I enjoy providing commentary, posing questions, inviting thought, and critically thinking. As a native of LA, I have a few spaces I actively enjoy visiting; Band of Vices, Reparations Club, The Underground Museum, and the Hammer Museum. I keep myself grounded by surrounding myself with people and energies that lift my spirits. I frequent Leimert Park for community events and hearty food. I actively collect original art, so I visit places like the Broad, and keep up with the Kinsey Collection for stellar pointers. I am always up for a chat, find me anywhere: Google, Suni Mullen.

My Advice: One of my first art professors shared with me that I should remain intellectually promiscuous and I have held onto that. Engage in the hard conversations and challenge yourself to heed and be receptive to new perspectives and ways of thinking/seeing. Have fun, enjoy yourself, sleep, research, and plan. Be confident about your decisions. Say “yes” and learn later. Remain astute. Laugh. 


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

FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS: You can select your peer mentor through your Orientation Course on the Nest (OWL Student Life).