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Student Profile: Myeisha Boyd

Hillyer Graduate Myeisha Boyd and Senator Richard BlumenthalAttending college had a special significance for Myeisha Boyd ’17. Where she went to school and how she approached her education involved decisions she took very seriously.

“I was the first person in my family to go to college,” she says. “As I was growing up in Danbury, Connecticut, my family impressed upon me the importance of advanced education.”

Bright and articulate, Boyd was very interested in communications. As she considered collegiate options, the communications opportunities at the University of Hartford held a special appeal. “Attending the University of Hartford turned out to be a great decision,” she says. “I’ve made many great contacts here.”

One of those contacts was Bilal Dabir Sekou, associate professor of political science. When Boyd took Sekou’s Urban Politics class to fulfill a requirement for first year students, a door opened.

“I found Professor Sekou’s class very enlightening,” she says. “Over the semester, I developed a strong interest in politics and government. By the end of the semester, I had decided to change my major.” In the ensuing year, she decided she wants to attend law school and adds, “I definitely want to do something in politics.”

Last fall she landed an exceptional opportunity to gain firsthand experience. Professor Leslie Smith, who teaches courses in the American political experience and also directs internships in political and government settings, alerted Boyd about an internship in the Hartford office of Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal.

While Boyd was younger than many of the students who apply for the highly competitive internship, her application was enhanced by some strong credentials. Determined to make the most of her college experience and position herself for success after UHart, Boyd had made a personal commitment to excellent scholarship from the moment she stepped on campus. A Dean’s List freshman, she earned a spot on the President’s List in her first semester as a sophomore. And though she worked several jobs in Danbury to help pay for her education, she also found time to play a leadership role in such campus activities as Alternative Spring Break, Brothers and Sisters United, and Strong Independent Sisters.

“It was late in the semester when I found out about the internship, and I had a lot to do to get my application in,” says Boyd. “There were only a couple of weeks before the deadline and there was a lot of paperwork to complete. It wasn’t easy, but I got everything together and submitted my application on time.”

A couple of weeks ticked by, and then Boyd received an invitation to interview for the position. “We were very impressed with Myeisha,” says Heather Sandler, senior veterans liaison and intern coordinator in Blumenthal’s Hartford office. “She’s a very articulate young woman with strong academic and writing skills, something we strongly encourage all of our interns to develop. She also demonstrated maturity beyond her academic year.”

Boyd began the internship last January and soon found it to be both interesting and challenging. “I handle all sorts of tasks,” she says. “Part of my work involves calling constituents concerning problems for which they are seeking the Senator’s assistance. I develop and help to manage case files. And I cover a lot of other tasks in the office as my help is needed.”

A highlight of her first semester was meeting Senator Blumenthal when he came to Hartford for a visit. “The internship has been a terrific opportunity for me,” says Boyd. “I’ve learned so much working in Senator Blumenthal’s office. It has only strengthened my resolve to pursue a career in politics in the future.”

This fall, she began her second semester in Blumenthal’s office.