Hi, my name is Madison Chan and I’m a first year here at Ohio State University! I’m double-majoring in Biology and Spanish on a Pre-Medicine track. I was born and raised in Long Beach, California, and moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, two years ago. At both of my high schools, I was heavily involved in service and was a part of the National Honors Society and Key Club. When I wasn’t serving, working, or at sports practices, I loved spending time with friends and going on adventures! I enjoy hiking, surfing, wake-boarding, snow skiing – practically anything outdoors.
At Ohio State, I’m a member of the Mount Leadership Society Scholars program and on the Service Committee. I hope to get more involved throughout my time here and experience all Ohio State University has to offer! Down the line, I’d love to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country to work towards my Spanish major and experience someplace new. Following my undergraduate studies, I plan on attending Medical School and becoming a doctor in the emergency field. But as for now, I’m excited to see where my first year takes me!
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Service has always played an important role in my life, and one way I’d use this is through the kid’s ministry at One Place Church. I eventually became the Head Team Leader in the elementary room, which taught me many valuable skills and gifted me with many enriching memories.
One of the most influential experiences as the Kid’s Team Leader was my time as a summer camp counselor. As a leader working with children, I learned a whole different level of responsibility and organization. Following the schedule, keeping count of all the girls, holding everyone’s bags and making sure everyone had sunscreen is a small piece of a much longer list. But beyond the essential leadership skills this position taught me, it showed me the importance and value of relationships. The highlight of my week, beyond singing songs and tea
ching lessons, was forming connections with my girls and seeing their friendships form. By establishing a relationship with them, they respected me more as their leader and I gained a better understanding of them. It made goodbyes difficult, but imparted lasting memories that we all will treasure. Forming relationships and building connections is an important part of life, essential to growth and new understandings.