Fashion Scholar Spotlight: Madison Ross

Hometown: San Diego, California
Major: International Business

Why did you choose LIM College? 
When it came to deciding which school I wanted to attend, it was about how much the students got out of their education. I wanted to feel that when I graduated, I invested my time well. So far, I feel that I have.

What do you like most about being a Fashion Scholar? 
The one thing I am most grateful for is my relationship with the other Fashion Scholars, the faculty who are part of the program, and Dr. Fitzmaurice, who is LIM’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Being in this program, there are expectations not only to do well academically, but also to be a leader and grow with the assistance of those around you. This program has helped me strive for the impossible, speak my mind, and continue to be a better version of myself.

What internships have you done? 
During my freshman year, I worked with Nine West. In my sophomore and junior years, I had numerous positions in association with the United Nations. I first interned in marketing and PR for a non-governmental organization (NGO) called Style & Resilience. I then worked as a marketing manager for another NGO called Peace Day 365. Last year I began working with the United Nations Department of Public Information for Non-Governmental Organization (UN DPI NGO) and its Youth Sub-Committee. In January I was appointed to the UN DPI NGO Youth Steering Committee. I was also a member of the planning committee for a sustainable fashion show at the U.N.

What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
When I was a freshman, I helped to found LIM College’s Philanthropy Club. We’ve raised money for nonprofits such as Bottomless Closet and NY Cares, met with representatives from socially responsible companies such as Ann Inc. and the American Cancer Society, and volunteered at benefit galas for Mercado Global and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. I’m also the Web Director of The Lexington Line ( LIM’s student-run magazine), and I’ve been a First Year Experience mentor, an Orientation Leader, and a Summer Conference Assistant.

What kind of career are you interested in pursuing? 
I want to work in international relations and economic development, working with businesses to find ways for them to better affect the communities around them socially and environmentally.