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Academic Excellence: Caroline Fullerton

Impact on your Work/Life?
My four years have undoubtedly given me all the skills and tools I need to realize my dream as a product designer; but even more so, Otis has shaped who I am (as friend, sister, daughter) in unimaginable ways.


Hometown?
I was born in Hørsholm, Denmark, and moved to Beaverton, Oregon, with my family. I consider both my hometowns.


Why Otis?
I was drawn to Otis’ energy, location, and people.
 

Your thesis project?
I believe that when people feel comfortable, they feel selfconfident. With an empathetic, user-centric approach, I provide comfort to the consumer. Comfort can be functional, physical or psychological. Understanding and identifying the specific areas of users’ discomfort determines if the design is a tangible or intangible solution.
 

Interesting things you did outside of school?
I regularly danced around my apartment with my roommates to take small breaks while doing homework.
 

Favorite place in L.A.?
The beach and viewpoints from hikes like Griffith Observatory.
 

What’s next?
I just finished a product design internship with a company called LOOPTWORKS, based in Portland, and am now working as a material designer at Nike.
 

Something unusual/idiosyncratic?
When I was a little girl, I would sit on the floor and cut out paper hearts using just my toes.
 

Information/tips to share with future students?
Enjoy it while it lasts! Four years sounds like a long time, but it flies by. Be an amazing student but explore and try to do, see, and eat as many new, unusual, and exciting things as possible.