The Horn Hen of the month article series is a series dedicated to highlighting Horn Entrepreneurship students that are inspiring others and impacting their community. One nominated Horn student will be chosen each month and a written feature will document their hard work and progress as they go through their time at Horn, within our community and beyond. The winning student will also receive a gift card and a Horn Hen of the Month certificate. To nominate a student, fill out this Google form. Any student involved with Horn Entrepreneurship is eligible to be nominated.
For the month of September, Olivia Jin has won the Horn Hen of the Month award. She is a Sophomore Human Services major with a concentration in Family & Community Services and is actively pursuing a certificate in Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Olivia is from Dix Hills, Long Island, NY, a mostly residential area filled with homes, schools and churches. From a young age, Olivia displayed an entrepreneurial spirit. She founded "Olivia Gives" during high school, collecting donations to create handmade cards for first responders, hospital patients, and military personnel. Her compassion is evident through her actions. The non-profit evolved as Olivia would also make care bags for youth in the foster care system. During her senior year at Half Hollow Hills High School West, she partnered with the Key Club to run a teacher appreciation drive, where students bought cards that were then sent to the teacher’s mailboxes.
Describing the Horn community in one word, Olivia chose "supportive." Olivia is actively involved in several programs and clubs at Horn. She frequently engages with her community at the Venture Development Center (132 E. Delaware Ave). As the E-Club Coordinator, she is in charge of general club messaging and the weekly newsletter to over 700 members. Olivia also conducts a lot of the behind the scenes planning for events such as the upcoming Halloween Pitch Part, on October 25th from 6pm-8pm, where participants can earn money for pitching a startup idea! She's also a Sound Designer for the Harrington Theatre Arts Company Club and participates in VDC Community Sessions and VentureOn. Olivia identifies as a social entrepreneur, aiming to help others. Utilizing the benefits provided by VentureOn, Olivia hopes to grow her new idea, ‘Star Siblings’, a service which provides support & programming for people who have siblings that have autism or are on the spectrum. These individuals are often overlooked and uneducated as to why their siblings get more attention than themselves.
Within the Horn community, Olivia looks up to Nick Vella for his valuable advice and welcoming attitude. As for her greatest entrepreneurial inspiration, she admires the Jonas Brothers for the joy they bring to her life through their music.
Olivia's advice for incoming freshmen is simple yet profound: "Surround yourself with people who have similar energy as you." Building a supportive network of like-minded individuals can make all the difference in one's journey at Horn & the University of Delaware.
Olivia Jin's dedication, compassion, and entrepreneurial spirit make her a deserving "Horn Hen of the Month." Congratulations, Olivia!
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Horn Entrepreneurship serves as the creative engine for entrepreneurship education and advancement at the University of Delaware. Currently ranked among the best entrepreneurship programs in the US, Horn Entrepreneurship was built and is actively supported by successful entrepreneurs, empowering aspiring innovators as they pursue new ideas for a better world.