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Student Feature: Kinser Madison

Student Feature: Kinser Madison

Meet Kinser Madison, a senior from Higginsville, Missouri majoring in Business Economics with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies!

Kinser chose to pursue his higher education at South Dakota State University because of the community. “A tight-knit community and very friendly, driven individuals did the convincing,” he said. “It felt like a home away from home.”

The opportunities and supportive staff at the Ness School drew Kinser in and hooked him on business. “As an SDSU student, there are so many ways for you to succeed, and that is especially true in the Ness School of Management and Economics,” he said. “Our professors invest so much time in helping us grow, and when we invest time into our own personal growth, with their help, we can create a great and bright future, not just for ourselves, but for those around us as well.”

In the future, Kinser wants to own his own real estate business and create a foundation for his guiding business. 

 “Any time I am confused, struggling over something or just wondering what to do next, I know I have someone that will be there to help guide me where I need to go,” he said. “I met people that I have networked and grown relationships with, gained knowledge from and expanded my horizons. Without this, I wouldn’t be where I am.”

On campus, Kinser is involved in a variety of clubs and organizations. He currently plays on the football team, serves as the President of CEO CLub, leads a small group at Oasis and is a member of the Brookings Optimist Club. Kinser also volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club. 

“I enjoy being a part of something that is a lot greater than just myself, Kinser said. “When you put other people's priorities before your own and change someone else's life for the better, there isn't a better feeling than that.”

Kinser’s advice to other students is to venture outside of the comfort zone.

“Get out, meet students, professors and people in the community,” he said. “So much happens outside of the classroom and dorm room. It took me two years to get out of my shell and figure that out and once I did, so many things started happening for me.”