Otis College of Art and Design Top Questions

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Stephanie

As a junior in Otis, it's been really fun and spectacular. I can not wait to see my future later! I met lot of great friends and faculties. I promise Otis will give you a lot of FUN and precious memories in your life. <3

Samantha

When you are applying to college, don't apply to to many schools. Any more than 7 and you are wasting your money in application fees, test score fees, transcipt fees, ect. Look at the job placement of students in your prospective major at a school before you descide to go there. Don't be overwhelmed when hundreds of colleges start mailing you brochures, and don't be scared to throw out the ones you aren't interested in. If you go to an art school (I do) then your porfolio is more important than you test scores to getting in. Go to a portfolio review when many schools are present and show yours to everyone there you can. You will get a good idea of the feel of the faculty at the schools (they come to review portfolios) and you will also get good feedback. I strongly recomend going, it was at one of these that i discovered that my obscure major - toy design- exists, and I LOVE it. If your portfolio is very strong some schools will waive your application fee or accept you on the spot! Its not the end of the world. Don't stress.

Alan

I would advice parents and students to find a school where you know you will be interested in, and to make sure they offer classes and education that will get you a job afterwards. I would also recommend that you do the absolute best you can in your classes and that you learn as much as you can because a lot of money is being spent for your education so make the most of it.

Dawn

Be realalistic, remember that good and bad things travel together, and that the bad can work out as being good as long as learn from it. Plan ahead, visit the campus, be prepared to work really hard, stay open minded, and allow yourself to grow.

Shannon

Visit the campus during hte school year and talk to students and faculty. attend events put on by the school and tlak to alumni. wiki the school and see what there is to say about it. ask about classes and requirements to graduate. ask about the flexibilty of class scheduals, ask about transfereing and how that changes the way you will work in the school.

Noelle

I would tell parents, first of all, it is your child's education and future. You want them to be happy; financially stable yes, but happy. Do not be upset if they want to take a route which you feel uncertain of. They will thrive if you support them and their dream. Research the school they want to choose along side your child, show interest. Students should make an effort to get all the financial aid possible before college; regarless of what school you choose, every little bit of monetary stability will help. Students can create a successful college experience by being open minded; meeting new people is the best way to broaden your self. Participate in what your school has to offer, even if the school does not have a whole lot of activities to offer. These years are said to be the best of your life, so you want to make the most of them!

Peter

make sure to visit personally. Talk to people in the industry. Trust your children.

victoria

there's no wrong choice because you can always transfer..

Aimee

Look at a lot of schools. The more schools that you actually go to and see how their campus works, the better idea you get of how the campus will suit you. Once you get to college, don't be afraid to try new things and make friends that you didn't think you be friends with in high school. Feel free to reinvent yourself. You don't have to be ther person you were in high school, and don't let your personality in high school limit your experience in college. Keep your mind open to new things, in your social strata and in your academic strata. If you don't know what you're going to do, try lots of different things. If you have a lot of interests, take classes that will help you decide whether you want that interest to turn into a career. Take classes that will enhance you and make you more marketable to potential employers. Take breaks and see the world around you.

Nicole

This is a school that takes a lot of hard work and dedication in order to complete. You cannot succeed here if you are not focused, and time management is a must. The school is expensive, but the thing is that Otis alumni are in demand. Otis is at the inner core of the fashion industry. It is importnat to stay positive and take any advice and criticism as a positive resources. As for a social life, it is difficult when one is working on work all the time, but you grow close and have real bonds with those around you. The professors are also very understanding and respect the students dedication; it is easy to find help if you need it. Otis is an amizing school, and I feel that it is a real honor to be able to attend this prestigious college, so go for it with all of your might and prove yourself worthy of the Otis name!!

Howard

Otis college of art and design is one of the best school in United States which has the program of design majors. and I am satisfied that i am attending this college. i have actually transfered from a different university. So I think choosing the right college is extreamly important. However, I learned a lot through the process of transfering, mentally and I have matured a lot as an adult.

jessica

Parents, don't pressure your kids to go to a certain school because of how great the school is, allow them to go to a school that fits their needs. Students, find a school that you can relate to. Don't go to a school just because it has a good reputation or name.

Briana

Advice i would give to parents would be not to force your child into anything and try to be open to what they like and possibly choose. I chose to go to an art school and my parents were so supportive of my choice which made me feel so good and complete with my decision, whereas some of my classmates told me how there parents were not so pumped on the idea of them going to an art school. Kinda sad. Advice to students would to really try to figure out what you want in life and where it may lead you. Do something that you would love to do, not doubt yourself. You're capable of anything. Don't let dreams be dreams.Another would be not to just choose a college where your friends go. Yes it's important to feel wanted and maybe the school you choose has a bunch of your friends attending too, but you really should see yourself in that environment and be happy. As scary as it is to think, this choice is the determination of your life. So choose wisely, confindently, and proudly.

Esther

I believe that no matter what college a student attends, it's all about what they make of it. If they attend a junior college to save money, then do just that. Save. Don't waste your money on useless things. If you attend a private school, make the most of it by going to all of your classes and doing your work. Socialize with the people there because you need to network. As for actually picking the school, go to all of the schools that accepted you. Imagine yourself walking to your classes and sitting in the classrooms. If you can't picture yourself there, it's not for you.

Esther

I feel that many students decide on a college based on the location and rank more than what they want to study at the school. Towards the end of my senior year of high school I saw a education counselor. He made me take a survey on what I want to major in. My first result was art, then business, and finally medicine. I always had an interest in art but never really thought of pursuing it until this counselor told me an idea about art schools. I always thought I'd end up in a UC or any regular college besides a private art school. If I went to a UC I would've declared my major as undecided and not have an idea about what to do with my life. However knowing exactly what I wanted to do even before I started college and then going to a school that supported my major to the fullest was one of the best decisions of my life. I feel like I took a shortcut compared to many other students out there. So before deciding on a school, it would be better for you to know exactly what you want.

Sarah

As a college student, I would give the parents this advice in finding the right college for their kids: ask those who are or have attended the college. It's important to ask those who have experienced the college and to ask many people as possible. One person's opinion can be different from another, and it's important to listen carefully to what the students are saying. Another advice I strongly recommend is to enroll in a portfolio design school, or program. Many of the portfolio design programs and schools have access to many information and they also have much experience in the field. It is worth the money to invest in because you will make an informative descision before applying. A portfolio school helps you take advantage of the preperation before school begins, as well as the teachers and aides in the program and schools. For the students, I give this advice: Go to a school you feel most confident, and comfortable in. If at all possible, visit as many schools as you can before making your final desicion, and remember, don't be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS about other people's experiences in college. Good luck!

Kim

Education, of course, comes first as well as desired career and job opportunites. However, the community, the area, college programs, what a student wants to get out of college, financial situation, extracurricular activites, social life, individuality, and finding people/a group who are accepting/interested in one's individuality, or personal philosophy, is as equally important. I personally believe that a student has to ask themselves when they choose a college, and want to get the most out of it, is whether they've enrolled here for a certain desired social life/lifestyle, what they want to persure in college/ in the future, and to try and take advantage of what is thrown at them. It maybe hard at the moment to commit to something, or perhaps it is easy, but parents and students must never forget about flexiblities, options and experimenting/ questioning to really know what one wants or what a college has to offer. Obviously college can be a life changing experience, and a period of growth, that possibly will direct an individual, hopefully in what they want out of life, or even to discover what exactly they'd like out of life, socially and professionally. :)

Gianna

To maximize your college experience above all you need to know yourself and what kind of experience you want. It is hard to know coming from high school exactly what you want to be in life, not everyone is so lucky, but hopefully at that point you have some idea of who you are. This needs to be gauged carefully and you need to investigate the experience a college is selling. I know from experience that if you do not think about the kind of life you will lead away from academics, you will not be happy. Everything from location to meal plan; library resources, activities, politics, gender. Each school has its own persona and while not everyone there will meet the stereotype, you need to think bout the students. Do you want to be surrounded by party animals or bookworms, closed-minded or free-thinking people? How comfortable will you be surrounded by people who have a completely different background than your own? Do you like a challenge or will you be more comfortable with continuity? Looking for the right school is about the next step in your life and finding a place that will allow you to blossom.

Phylicia

The first thing any prospective undergraduate needs to do is to get an idea for what type of career you want, then research the schools that excel in that field and maybe give you the option to do something else you enjoy - as a contingency plan or a minor. You should research at least five schools and rank them, then visit your top three, minimum. Financial aid is always an important factor to consider once you've been accepted, but don't just choose the one that offers the most aid, unless its your first choice or the best alternative. If you don't get enough money to either of those, there are plenty of sites that offer scholarships for essays and a variety of other things, not to mention loans - as a last option, though. Another big part of college is housing. Living on campus is probably a good idea for first-year students, as you get the opportunity to build long-lasting friendships in the same community from the get-go. Joining clubs and creating them are other ways to achieve that. Just make sure to have fun, get acquainted, and work hard to achieve.

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