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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

Aalaa Yassin

  • 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.


Aine Schimmelman

  • 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.


CJ Sierra

  • 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.


Khari Torres

  • 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.


Daycie De Luz

  • 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.


Louis Chen

  • 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.


Nick Azurin

  • 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!!!


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