Madison Chin, a Nyack, New York native, was initiated as a junior in the fall of 2019 while pursuing a dual bachelor’s degree in marketing and management at Jacksonville University in Florida.
Madison is active on her campus and within her community serving as a member of the Jacksonville University Student Ambassador Program, the Presidential Leadership Advisory Council, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, and as the chapter president for her sorority, Tri Delta, during her sophomore year.
Diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma as a child, Madison is passionate about making an impact on cancer research. As a childhood cancer survivor, she is committed to supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and has served as a volunteer at the hospital. She has also held volunteer positions at Wolfson Children's Hospital and North Florida School for Special Education, both in Jacksonville.
After graduation, Madison plans to continue her education by pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree.
Let’s get to know Madison!
- What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you?
Phi Kappa Phi represents dedication to excellence in education and community engagement. I was honored to receive an invitation to join because of the Society’s unique prestige, and I’m grateful that my dedication to education has been recognized among other incredible scholars on our campus.
- Who has been the most influential person in your education?
Dr. Janet Haavisto, a fellow Phi Kappa Phi member and head of the Honors Program, has been one of the most influential people throughout my undergraduate journey. She pushed me to consider majors that might be better suited to my skills and interests during my freshman year, and I would not have discovered my passion and talents in marketing and management without her encouragement!
- What’s your favorite tip for someone just entering college?
My favorite tip is to be a "yes man" for the first few months. Go to every organization fair, sign up for any clubs that pique your interest, and say yes to finding new friends. Try it all out and get involved!
- What’s the last book you read?
The last book I read was Bossypants by Tina Fey. Not only is it hilarious, but it’s also an interesting perspective on Tina Fey’s life and introspection.
- What’s the best vacation you’ve ever been on?
My godmother gifted me a trip to Venice, Italy, for my high school graduation. It was surreal to experience another country, especially in such a quaint and beautiful city like Venice. The surroundings, food, culture, people and architecture consistently blew my mind with each day of exploration.
- What is an ability you wish you had?
I wish I was skilled in vocal performance or had any type of musical ability. I love fine arts but have never been able to read music or learn an instrument.
- What’s on your bucket list?
Traveling the world is at the top of my bucket list. I want to see all the world has to offer, from the tropics to the snowy mountains. My top few dream destinations include Greece, Germany and Bora Bora.
- What is your hidden talent?
My hidden talent is calligraphy. I am self-taught with about six years of experience. I mostly do hand lettering for fun and creative expression but have also done projects for a few clients.
- What would you like to be famous for?
I would like to be famous for being kind. I believe kindness and authenticity are the most influential powers that we have on this earth, and kindness is one of the most important qualities to me.
- When are you the happiest?
I am happiest when I am outdoors in the sunshine and exploring new places. I love sight-seeing, traveling and enjoying beautiful weather.
To learn more about Madison and connect, visit her member profile within the Phi Kappa Phi online community here.
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