Success Stories

Hillyer College Experience Heightens Alumna’s Interests in Business and Public Service

January 20, 2021
Myeisha Boyd
When Myeisha Boyd A’15, ’17 graduated from UHart with a degree in politics and government she took a year off from school to decide on law school or graduate school.“I conducted a lot of informational interviews to help guide me,” she says before ultimately deciding to pursue a graduate degree in public administration from New York University. “I wanted to be on the execution/ implementation side of getting work done. As I did research on the best degree programs, public administration was at the top of my list.”

Today Boyd is working as an analyst with Goldman Sachs in its Investment Banking–Operations Division and says her educational experience at UHart and Hillyer College has prepared her for her career in so many ways.

To start, although I never declared a minor—but I have always had an interest in business administration,” she says, and remembers taking Dean David Goldenberg’s Intro to Business class and taking a macroeconomics class at the Barney School of Business. “By being introduced to business principles starting in Hillyer College, it has definitely prepared me for my career. I wouldn’t be who I am today without the many experiences I had at Hillyer College.

Myeisha Boyd A'15, '17, Analyst, Goldman Sachs
Boyd had the opportunity to take the Hillyer College winter term Honors course at the University of Hawaii says among her most memorable classes was “How to Change the World” with Political Science Professor Bilal Sekou which ultimately influenced her to declare her major in politics and government.   

As an undergrad, Boyd worked as a student-volunteer in White House greetings office while attending American University through UHart’s Study Abroad Office’s Washington Semester. There she read letters and requests and responded on behalf of President Obama. She also was a student ambassador for Hillyer College, served as the Public Relations Chair for the Economics/Finance Club, was part of The National Society of Leadership and Success, and was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society.

In 2015, Boyd received the Hillyer College Social Sciences Award and in 2016, she received the Race and Class Scholarship Award from UHart’s Politics and Government Department. Upon graduation in 2017, Hillyer College presented her with the Rising Star Award, presented annually to graduating senior who began their academic journey with Hillyer who holds the Highest-Grade Point Average.

When asked what advice she’d give to current Hillyer students who are interested in a career in public policy or public service, Boyd says, “Public service is the highest good, and when done honorably and well, the most rewarding.” She mentions a quote from Robert. F Wagner, who previously served as the mayor of New York City. "A career in public policy/ public service/ finance is truly rewarding. Being able to help people/ constituents/ or clients in your role will always be a rewarding experience, when done honorably.”