Division of Student Affairs

Graduation Profiles: Dylan Hall

Posted on Monday, December 2nd, 2019 by Jolie Helton under Spartan Story. Tags:

Dylan Hall is graduating in December 2019 with a B.S. Marketing as well as a dual minor in Information Technology and Sustainability Studies. The Pinnacle, N.C. native is a first-generation college student who has already been working full-time as Global Social Media Manager with Grass America since May. While at UNCG, Dylan earned both Bronze and Silver leadership medals and worked with Housing & Residence Life as well as with the Student Affairs division office.

I chose to attend UNCG because…

The diversity. Growing up in a majority-white town, I wanted to meet other people who were very different from myself. UNCG was perfect, meeting people from all around the world and having to face the differences we all have head-on.

My favorite things to do on campus are…

Scooter around and people watch while studying.

My favorite place to study is…

The fountain behind the EUC [Terrace and Taylor Garden], I love the sound of the water and hearing all the conversations and being able to see my friends.

My favorite professor is…

I have two: Sara MacSween [Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism] and Monti Beasley [Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism]. Both have been amazing professors and have worked so hard to bring their best selves to work every day. They also know we are all real people and that life happens more often than not.

If I knew I could not fail, I would… 

Have been so much less stressed when working on those crazy homework assignments!

What is your passion, and how are you committed to pursuing it?

My passion is to help other people through technology and sustainability. Both of the large companies I have worked for are committed to sustainability, and I make sure to always bring new ideas and implement them if I can when I am there. I’m currently working on reducing the plastic consumption at Grass America.

The one UNCG experience I will always remember will be…

Piney Lake – I love that place, I have not been often but have loved it! I wish more students used that space. But I’ll remember paddle boarding for the first time and not falling off and really enjoying the lake.

Are there particular Student Affairs offices that have made a significant impact on your time here?

The actual Division office because of the opportunity that Coretta and Gretchen gave me [as Marketing Assistant]. I loved working under both of them and could not ask for better leaders. Housing & Residence Life also had a large impact since I worked in it for two years. I loved being able to interact with different people and make new friends.

What does student leader mean to you?

Someone who is not afraid to lead in their own way. Not following any sort of mold. Someone who challenges others every day.

How do you think your campus involvement and student leadership experience has prepared you for life after UNCG?

It has prepped me very well, who knew these life skills would be exactly what I needed to get a job before I graduated?

How would you describe UNCG to a prospective student?

UNCG supports every student as best they can. No one is ever alone, someone is always there when you’re facing hardship. UNCG is a community of care, and that care will follow you out of undergrad for the rest of your life.

In what ways have you experienced UNCG’s Culture of Care?

Being a queer student, it can be hard to feel any sense of belonging. But seeing and hearing officials talk about relevant issues facing our community and having an amazing Office of Intercultural Engagement has really given me a sense of belonging.

While I was a Desk Assistant for Housing and Residence Life, Kelli Thomas [Coordinator for Residence Life] was always willing to listen and always made time to be there for us, even while she had so many RAs and DAs to supervise.

Also with Housing and Residence Life, Daniel Wiggins [Coordinator for Residence Life] really showed that level of care that UNCG really emphasizes. He would meet with us students at all hours of the day, even though I’m sure that took a lot out of him. 

Elliott Kimball [Assistant Director, OIE] is another wonderful person. I interviewed for a student position within OIE and he really showed the culture of care because even though I didn’t get the position, he still tried to make a place for me within the department and keep me involved with their student groups, even when he didn’t have to do that.

Having the option of a Counseling Center and all of their staff was great – they were so willing to listen and be open to work with every student’s schedule.

Also, working with the Division office for Student Affairs was great. It was great to see the level of diversity within that office and to see that not everybody looked like me. It’s great to see that diversity is actually built into the leadership here, and that UNCG really talks the talk when it comes to that.

As you look back on your time at UNCG, what advice would you give an incoming freshman?

Take breaks, enjoy the nature, say hi to your crush in person, and lastly – not everyone’s opinion matters. We all have a whole journey ahead of us. Do not let one voice get in the way of finding out who you want to become!