Student Spotlight: Zeph Harris ’22​ (B.A. in Art (Graphic Design) with a Psychology Minor)

Posted May 31, 2022

What are you studying at Otterbein?

I am studying graphic design and drawing.

Zeph Harris
Zeph Harris ’22

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

A typical day at Otterbein is what you call stress because I’m taking 4 art studio classes. I am here from 7:30 am – 9:00pm three days a week and then till 5:00pm two days a week. So, I work at my first job in the morning, then classes all day until afternoon, then work again in the evening.

Zeph Harris Artwork
Zeph Harris Art Work

What are your goals after graduation?

My goal after graduation is to work full time ether as a graphic designer, or at West Camp in the digital department, while focusing on my artwork and building up clients for free-lance design. Then in about 2 – 3 years, I hope to get my master’s degree so I can teach and become an art director in my later career.

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

My favorite part is the faculty. I like the environment and the guidance that comes with learning when being an art student. The Art and Art History Department wants you to see that you can find work and be a good artist, and not to be afraid or give up. I think that’s my favorite part, the support and guidance.

Why did you choose Otterbein?

 I choose Otterbein because I wanted a smaller school. I was afraid of being at a large campus and just being one of the many students who professors didn’t really know. I feel that after becoming an art student in my second year, I matured. I learned to like my art; I’ve won multiple awards for it and I’ve been in 3 exhibitions. I’ve made amazing friends and learned unforgettable things. Everyone knows me, both students and faculty, and that has led me to be vice president of Kappi Pi (an honorary student art society). I wanted to be remembered and acknowledge, and knew that was possible by coming to Otterbein.

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

 I think Columbus is a nice area. I feel it in important in the art and design world, and it’s a city where all types of people are seen. You can learn a lot from this area.

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

The advice I would give the first year is change your mindset in order to be able to deeply learn. This will help you with people, life, situations and allow yourself to be able to grow.