My name is Madlin Deignan and I am entering my third year as a Marketing student through the Fisher School of Business at The Ohio State University. I entered the University as an Honors Engineering major… Oh how times have changed! Through multiple soul searches, major changes, arguments with my parents and ultimately myself, I settled on a Marketing degree with a double minor in Spanish and Music, Media, & Enterprise. I am currently working toward achieving these accolades.
My decision to progress toward this degree sprouted from a simple conversation with the then-President of my Sorority, Delta Gamma, a source of change in my life that I never anticipated. While my major at the time was Finance, she asked me about my plans for the future; what were my hopes following school, and how was I going to reach my goals? I mentioned that I was doing a project for one of my core classes on “A Company I Would Like To Work For,” and that I had chosen Sony Entertainment Network, an imaginative choice respondent to my love and passion for music and artwork that feed into the media around us. She followed up with the questions, “So how are you going to get into the industry?” to which I promptly revoked my initial commentary, stating that I would never actually make it in that industry, that it was just a fun alternative for the assignment, that it was not something I could excel in.
As I began to openly doubt my own passion and ability out loud to my friend, I realized how severely I was letting myself down, and how I was indeed diminishing my ability to work in this industry, not because I was not capable of doing so, but because I was not allowing myself nor believing in my capabilities.
The next day, I changed my major to Marketing, and I added on a minor in Music, Media, & Enterprise. If I was going to do this, than I would need to put all my attention and effort into it, and I wanted to act fast. After that night last year, I have not looked back in my final major change; I have since developed a website to encompass my goals in the music and entertainment industry, become more well-versed in the history of music development through classwork under my minor, and secured two internships within the industry, one of which I am currently working in, as an Intern for Hubbard Broadcasting in downtown Chicago.
Outside of my schoolwork and internships, I look toward modern and past literature to further my passions and knowledge about the world around me, with my favorite authors including Ayn Rand, Kurt Vonnegut, Gillian Flynn, and Jackson Katz. I am currently President of my sorority, Delta Gamma, and since my appointment have worked hard to incorporate new aspects into the infrastructure of the group, such as an Environment Sustainability Chair (or Co-Chairs in my chapter), and a Safety and Awareness Chair, which is currently one of my biggest projects within the group. Both of these positions were not just my doing, but inspired by the women who now reside in them. These members work with me to provide new incentives and projects for growth and community impact throughout my sorority, and I am proud to have helped cultivate their initiative into a real role within the chapter and Greek community at Ohio State. Despite the large commitment that my role as President requires of me, I also am involved with my local Hillel at Ohio State and the Buckeye Undergraduate Consulting Club. These groups help me express my interests outside of my sorority, and allow me to network more so throughout campus.
In the future, as aforementioned, I hope to work within the entertainment industry especially in the realm of artist development and discovery, with a focus on artists of underrepresented sectors of the population, such as artists of Latinx descent; my fluency in Spanish, and my plan to study abroad in Madrid the Spring of 2019 are characteristics of this interest that I believe will help me achieve my goals.
This summer I am located in Chicago, Illinois, where I will be working at Hubbard Radio and Anthropologie. Beginning this August, I will be back in Columbus for my third year of school, until I leave for Madrid second semester.