Darian Boyd ’19

Degree: B.S., textile technology

Current position/employer: AmeriCorps Member at Impact America

Dean’s page: January 2018 – May 2019

Tell us about your current role:

I’m currently on my second year of service through AmeriCorps at a nonprofit in Memphis, TN called Impact America. My job entails performing vision screenings for kids, and preparing taxes for working individuals and families. What I enjoy most about my job is the opportunity to see firsthand the effect that service can have on people.

Other NC State/Wilson College activities:

I was a career ambassador for the Career Development Center and worked as a supervisor at Carmichael Gym. At the Wilson College, I was involved in the African-American Textile Society, Sigma Tau Sigma Textile Honor Society, and undergraduate research at the Nonwovens Institute.

Looking back, what was it like being a dean’s page?

I became a dean’s page for the extra money, and to better acquaint myself with the Wilson College. As a page, I was able to meet students, professors, and staff members I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to talk to, and it was cool having that additional access to them. 

What did you take away from the Dean’s Page Program that helped you in your current position?

Interpersonal communication! Sometimes I had to hold a conversation with a guest who was waiting to meet with someone in the Suite. This was intimidating for me, but it’s definitely a skill that has come in handy now that I’m working so closely with so many people at my current job. Things can get pretty awkward when finances are involved, and having the tact to navigate those conversations has been invaluable.

What advice do you have for those who are new dean’s pages or interested in becoming one?

Put the next page’s name plate in the little holder so that it’s waiting for them when they come to their shift. It’s a nice gesture and it helps you put names with faces. 

What is the funniest time or most interesting experience you had as a dean’s page?

I flooded one of the plants several times when I was trying to water it.