Name: Madalyn Hernandez
Campus: University of North Texas
Expected Graduation Year: 2023
Degree Program: Design Management
Current Officer Role(s): Chapter President
LinkedIn handle: www.linkedin.com/in/madalyn-hernandez/
When did you join NSCS?
I joined NSCS in the fall of 2020, during my freshman year.
What made you become a chapter officer?
I decided to become a chapter officer because I saw there was a need for extra support in our leadership at the time. I was already looking for ways to get involved more on campus, and I thought my NSCS chapter would be a great place to start.
What was the most unexpected reward you received as an officer so far?
This year, I was elected as the president for my chapter—which, as a freshman, I never would have thought I’d be doing—and I’ve gotten to grow so much as an individual. I’ve built friendships within my chapter, given back to the community, and so much more. It’s been great.
How has your time with NSCS helped prepare you for life after college so far?
I’ve been able to develop my leadership, communication, and time management skills through NSCS, which are all skills I think are essential after college.
What is the most important thing you’ve gotten from your time as an undergraduate NSCS member?
I think the most important thing I’ve gotten from my time as a member so far has been the connections I’ve made with people along the way. Volunteering with friends, and growing into leadership roles, the people I’ve met have been amazing.
Where do you see yourself after you graduate?
After graduation, I will be pursuing my MBA degree and then building my career in design management, creative direction, or something along those lines!
If you could give a newly inducted undergraduate NSCS member advice on their path through their collegiate journey, what would it be?
Stay involved with your chapter and become an officer if you can! It’s such a great way to build your leadership skills and experience, and you’ll get so much out of it.
What “doors” have NSCS opened for you?
Through NSCS, I’ve received the exciting opportunity to serve on the National Leadership Council, which I would never have imagined would be an opportunity for me before.
If you could give an undergraduate student who is considering joining their NSCS chapter’s leadership team, what would it be?
If you’re considering joining the leadership team, do it! For me, it has been an excellent way to build my leadership and communication skills, among many others. You’ll have the support of your fellow officers, as well as support from your Chapter Operations Manager. If you ever have a question or need help, they’ll always be there for you.