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Student Orientation Leaders Fall 2018

Otis College New Student Orientation Leaders Fall 2018

New Student Orientation Leaders (O Leaders) are a new student point of contact during Orientation Week ( O week). O Leaders are trained to be ambassadors and serve as a guide when you first arrive to campus, and will participate with you in programs and activities that will help you become acclimated to the college.

Please see the individual profiles below and plan to say hello to ALL O Leaders during O Week and throughout your first academic year.

Christine Back

Christine Back
Full preferred name: Christine Back
Preferred Gender Pronoun: She/Her
Major: Animation
Student email address: cback1@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: christine.back@yahoo.com

Briefly describe yourself and why you chose to be a student leader:
When I initially applied for a student leader position, I saw it as a job opportunity. However, when we were asked what we would do as a student leader, I sat back and really thought about my reason. I love to hear stories and I love meeting new people. New students have a lot of work ahead of them, and I want to know who they are and how to help them. This school is small so what better way can I meet new people and also help them along the way

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
Ask questions. Even if things frustrate you, think of the bigger picture. And if you’re stuck seriously ask around. There’s more to Otis than meets the eye.

Hanabee Cartagena

Hanabee Cartagena
Full preferred name: Hanabee Cartagena
Preferred Gender Pronoun: She/Her
Major: Communication Arts (Graphic Design)
Student email address: hcartagena@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: hanabeecartagena@gmail.com

Briefly describe yourself and why you chose to be a student leader:
I’m Hanabee. I live for new experiences. I love music festivals. I take chances. I chose to be a student leader because every risk I took since I started at Otis College was worth every drop of sweat and the more people you meet, the more you learn. Hello! I’m so excited to meet you!

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
Take those risks. You’re going to want to lock yourself in your room, but don’t lock yourself in your room. Take risks. Go explore. And if you run out of things to do or need resources, feel free to ask me. I’ll be your information broker.

Kira Chang

Kira Chang
Full preferred name: Kira Chang
Preferred Gender Pronoun: She/Her
Major: Game and Entertainment Design
Student email address: kchang@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: kkirachangg@gmail.com

Briefly describe yourself and why you chose to be a student leader:
I wanted to be a student leader because I am really fascinated by the fact that many events and are prepared and organized by students behind the scenes. Without the student leaders, everyone’s college experience would not be as amazing and I want to be part of the team that makes amazingness happen.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
You have purposely chosen to come to a professional school, so make use of your resources and time. Put your whole heart into this art career you’ve chosen specifically because it’s not like any others.

Louis Chen

Louis Chen
Full preferred name: Louis Chen
Preferred Gender Pronoun: He/Him
Major: Animation
Student email address: zchen1@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: zhuolechen@gmail.com

Briefly describe yourself and why you chose to be a student leader:
I wish to become a student leader so that I may guide the new students when they are in need of assistance. I know that starting off new as a Foundation student at Otis can be very difficult, which is why any sort of help or advice that they can get can be life changing.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
Do not let the pressure overwhelm you. The solution can be very simple yet easy to miss: take each problem one step at a time. Whether it is tackling down the many homework assignments given to you or simply trying to get better as an artist, focus your sight on one problem at a time.

Valerie Deogard

Valerie Deogard
Full preferred name: name
Preferred Gender Pronoun: She/Her
Major: Animation
Student email address: vdeogard@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: valeriedeogard@gmail.com

Briefly describe yourself and why you chose to be a student leader:
I am a huge, pink-haired nerd. I love comics, Pokemon, cartoons- just practically a nerd about everything. I believe that everyone has something special about themselves and I want to find out what that is. I chose to become a student leader because I wanted to connect to and help a much larger pool of people.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
Don’t forget to take some time for yourself every so often. If you overwork too much you will work yourself into the ground. There is a balance to everything.

Annabella Gomez

Annabella Gomez
Full preferred name: Annabella Gomez
Preferred Gender Pronoun: She/Her
Major: Game and Entertainment
Student email address: agomez@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: anniegomeza@gmail.com

Briefly describe yourself and why you chose to be a student leader:
I am an enthusiastic, creative, and open-minded person. I am optimistic, and am able to collaborate with others and have a strong work ethic. I meet my commitments and strive to do my best. I encourage others to be the best they can be and help guide those who may need it.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
Take care of yourself: heart, mind, and soul. Make life-long relationships both professionally and personally. Find out the resources Otis provides: the guest speakers, student services, information technology, etc. Also find out what the surrounding community has to offer. Organizing your time is important. Take risks and move out of your comfort zone by introducing yourself or by asking questions to benefit your future career.

Emma Haluszka

Emma Haluszka
Full preferred name: Emma Haluszka
Preferred Gender Pronoun: She/Her
Major: Animation
Student email address: ehaluszka@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: tsukor.zirka.02@gmail.com

Briefly describe yourself and why you chose to be a student leader:
I came all the way from New Jersey to attend Otis and I couldn't be happier with my decision. Other than art, I really enjoy taking care of animals, playing the flute, and baking sweets. I wanted to become a student leader because I wanted to play a more active role in not only being a part of the Otis community, but working to improve it for everyone as well.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
Don't get caught up comparing yourself and your skills to others. If you're working hard then you're going to surprise yourself with the progress you make. Putting additional pressure on yourself will only make it hard to see what you are accomplishing.

David Kim

David Kim
Full preferred name: David Kim
Preferred Gender Pronoun: He/Him
Major: Digital Media
Student email address: dkim1@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: davidkim1492@gmail.com

Briefly describe yourself and why you chose to be a student leader:
Growing up at Otis has always been a key element for me, not only in education but in person. I believe having student leaders can provide help to those students who are in need and improve community at Otis. I want to be a part of this change to provide and gather students together to allow students to grow and to feel welcome at Otis.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
Transitioning into college can be tough for many students who have never been away from home. There will be many challenges and situations that may put you out of your comfort zone. My advice to any new incoming students is: don’t be scared to make mistakes. College is a period where you will learn how to be professional, so don’t be afraid so keep an open mind and try new things.

Joshua Martin

Joshua Martin
Full preferred name: Joshua Martin
Preferred Gender Pronoun: TBA
Major: Animation
Student email address: jmartin@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: artifexsyndicate@gmail.com

Briefly describe yourself and why you chose to be a student leader:
My favorite pastimes are going out for nightly walks, driving along Route 66 (it's really fun), doing burnouts, modeling in ZBrush, and dressing in drag.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
My advice for the Foundation students this year is to focus on school first then have fun later. I've had friends who didn't do anything but party and they were kicked out for their failing grades. Focus on getting the work done, do your best, and don't worry about your grades. The only way you can get a bad grade is by slacking off and not doing your work. Do the work.

Justus Morschauser

Justus Morschauser
Full preferred name: name
Preferred Gender Pronoun: He/Him
Major: Digital Media Animation 
Minoring in creative writing
Student email address: jmorschauser@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: justusmor@outlook.com (please refrain from using)

Briefly describe yourself and why you chose to be a student leader:
I'm the guy that's in someone's office at least once a day trying to make Otis as great as it can be. I was in CAB, and am currently in SVA. I'm also The VP of Dungeons, Dragons, and Diversity Club, and a campus tour guide to top it off. I'm a student leader because I want you to know me and be able to flag me down when you have an idea to improve Otis' college experience.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
If you have a problem with Otis, make it known. Complaining on social media only goes so far. Do something proactive about it and make your college better for you, your peers, and future students.

Vanessa Quiles

Vanessa Quiles
Full preferred name: Vanessa Quiles
Preferred Gender Pronoun: She/ Her
Major: Architecture/ Landscape/ Interiors with a minor in Graphic Design
Student email address: vquiles@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: vquiles2016@gmail.com

Briefly describe yourself and why you chose to be a student leader:
I may seem super serious, but if you take the time to get to know me, I’m funny, friendly and always ready to go on an adventure. I’m a Latina who doesn’t eat meat (aka a vegetarian) and grew up on the East side of Downtown Los Angeles. I crave adventure and new challenges, so it is essential for me to remain open to new opportunities and experiences. Becoming a student leader is a way of pushing myself to step out of my comfort zone and allow myself to take on new experiences and challenges

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
Put yourself out there and step out of your comfort zone. Whether that may be by taking up a leadership position or expressing it in your artwork. Use your first year at Otis College to try out new and different mediums or take a class under a major that you had no intention of going into. Speaking of ‘getting out there’, explore Los Angeles!! I’ve lived here my whole life and I still find myself going on small adventures where I discover a new part of the city. It’s beautiful and there is always something to do.

Aryan Sachdeva

Aryan Sachdeva
Full preferred name: Aryan Sachdeva
Preferred Gender Pronoun: He/Him
Major: Digital Media (Vfx)
Student email address: asachdeva@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: razifer@icloud.com

Briefly describe yourself and why you chose to be a student leader:
I got interested in being a student leader by watching my friends who worked in different departments during my foundation year as they handled responsibilities and helped other students. I love talking to and meeting with different people.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
I would just say that it's not going to be easy. You will be challenged at every step in this college and if you want to do well just give your best shot and you will be good. Don't skip classes.

Aalaa Yassin

Aalaa Yassin
Full preferred name: Aalaa Yassin
Preferred Gender Pronoun: She/Her
Major: Game and Entertainment Design
Student email address: ayassin@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: ayassin98@gmail.com

Briefly describe yourself and why you chose to be a student leader:
Throughout my foundation year, I heard a plethora of complaints and issues that needed to be heard. More importantly, they needed action, and I felt too frustrated to sit and feel idle. I chose to become a student leader to act upon issues I encountered and to develop myself as an empathetic but active figure in the community. I aim to be kind and understanding, to listen to all sides of an argument, and to draw a realistic and appropriate conclusion to every situation I encounter.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
It can feel frustrating at times, especially in foundation year, to find that you still have a long way ahead of you until you reach your career. Otis may have some heavy workloads and can be a bit boot-campy, but it’s important to continue to look ahead and see every class and experience, whether positive or negative, as a building block to shaping you as a creative individual and as a person. Remember that this is a supportive community with devoted staff, students, and faculty; reach out to your peers, make connections, and most importantly, make the most out of your chance to grow.

Eli D. Sanchez Jr.

Eli D. Sanchez Jr.
Full preferred name: Eli D. Sanchez Jr.
Preferred Gender Pronoun: He/Him
Major: Digital Media Animation
Student email address: esanchez@student.otis.edu
Personal email address: SectiSan@yahoo.com

Briefly describe yourself and why you chose to be a student leader:
I really enjoy getting involved in my community. I find myself volunteering my time simply for the satisfaction of doing it. I try to do as much as I can because it really fills me with glee to help out.

What advice do you have to give to new incoming students at Otis College of Art and Design?
Taking pride in what you do and having good time management are the best weapons at my disposal. I’ve never had much trouble working out what I need to do versus what I want to do. Often, those two are the same. But a schedule is the best way to feel amazing satisfaction, and isn’t as constricting as it sounds. Many times my schedule is very flexible and completely recreational activities aren’t hard to find time for. Hard work really pays off, and is very gratifying.