Meet One of the Newest Members of Our Wilson College Family: Sarah Stone
- Position: Public Communications Specialist
- Department: Communications and Marketing
- Hometown: Austin, Texas
What was your path to this position?
I graduated from the University of South Carolina with B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2018. I spent about three years as a producer for Savannah’s leading local news station before I decided to transition to higher education communications.
This field combined my favorite parts of working in sports media and news and put them together into an industry more aligned with my current career priorities and interests. I’ve always loved the higher education environment and learning new things. Now I get to “go to school” every day for a living!
Why were you interested in this position / in working at the Wilson College?
As I applied to communications jobs everywhere from Providence College to the University of Texas, NC State and the Wilson College of Textiles were always at the top of my list. Although it wasn’t the right fit for me as a liberal arts student, I’ve always had strong ties to NC State. My mom, dad, grandfather and a number of extended family members all attended NC State, and I’ve known the NC State fight song since I was a toddler.
I have a close family friend who attended the Wilson College of Textiles, and hearing about her career kept the college and the wide range of textiles applications on my radar. When I saw the job listing and investigated the college further, the mix of science, technology and design that I would get to write about really interested me!
What are your duties on a day-to-day basis?
One thing I love about this job is that no day is ever too similar or mundane! I write everything from website copy, video scripts and social media captions to student features and research profiles. I also pitch media coverage, set our editorial calendar and priorities, take photographs and conduct interviews, to name a few of my other responsibilities.
What is your favorite part of your job and/or working at the Wilson College of Textiles?
Finding out more about what our students, faculty and staff are doing! One of the main reasons I wanted to move into higher education communications is because I never want to stop learning. I LOVE gaining a greater understanding about everything from design to chemistry every day for a living! It’s truly inspiring to get to talk to current and future leaders of this field on a regular basis.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Like I said, I enjoy learning a little bit too much for my own good, so I am currently pursuing a master’s degree from UNC, and that takes up a fair amount of my free time! When I have time outside of that, I love going to concerts, reading, cooking, hiking, kayaking and watching college sports.