Student Spotlight: Nevaeh Ellis ’24​ (B.F.A. in Art (Graphic Design) and B.A. in Art History & Visual Culture)

Posted May 31, 2022

What are you studying at Otterbein?

I am a studio art major with a concentration in graphic design, and I am also getting a minor in art history.

Nevaeh Ellis
Nevaeh Ellis ’24

What is a typical day like for you as a student?

My days are never boring! If I am not in class, I try to hang out in new places around campus but I usually gravitate towards the library so I can get my coffee fix for the day. I also love coming into the arts and communications building in the evenings to work on projects and have some time to myself.

Naveah Ellis Artwork
Naveah Ellis Art Work

What are your goals after graduation?

After graduation, I hope to have a career in art. Ideally, I want to become an interior designer, but since taking up the art history minor, I would also love to work in a gallery or a museum. I also hope to do my own painting and work on growing in that as well.

What is your favorite part of being an art and art history student?

My favorite part of being an art and art history student is having the freedom to express myself around people who want me to do so. I have met so many talented and accepting people while studying art at Otterbein, and in doing so, I have learned so much about myself, others, and what art really means to me and society as a whole.

Why did you choose Otterbein?

A big reason why I chose Otterbein was for the community. From the moment I stepped onto the campus, it felt like home. Everyone has been so kind and inviting, and the campus feels so cozy year-round. I also loved the location of Otterbein and the town of Westerville.

What is the best part about living in the Columbus area?

I think the best part for me is that I feel like I’m a part of something bigger than myself. I think living so close to downtown Columbus, Easton, and Polaris but having Otterbein to come back to is a really exciting and comforting feeling. I feel like I can explore and insert myself into society while also having a safety net to fall onto.

What advice would you give to an incoming first-year student?

My biggest piece of advice would be to say yes, to everything you can. Keep an open mind and make sure not to be too hard on yourself. Four years seems like all the time in the world, but it flies by. Enjoy it and get all you can out of it.