Otto is a senior undergraduate student at the school of General Studies. Originally from Damascus, Syria, he has been in the US for seven years and is in the process of continuing his graduate education in architecture. In 2016, Otto had finished a college degree in business from a community college in Texas before working in different career fields such as education, architecture, and retail along with different entrepreneurial experiences within the US. His experiences, educational and professional, made him realize the importance of education even more as he planned to continue his education at Columbia University in the year 2018. Through Columbia, Otto came to discover the impact of education in breaking down barriers between people and in building common bridges of understanding across continents. Through his degree, he hopes to be able to continue his awaiting journey, to thrive more to dream bigger, and to give back the global community.