Meet Student Employee Scholarship Recipient Doran Dyer

A portrait of Doran Dyer smiling and looking into the camera.

With two majors, a minor, extracurricular activities and a job at University Libraries, calling Doran Dyer “busy” would be an understatement. Despite his packed schedule, Dyer has managed to excel at his job as a mailroom assistant in Thompson Library, leading to his selection as a recipient of a University Libraries Student Employee Scholarship. We interviewed him to learn more about his academic career, his job and his advice to other students.  

Tell us a bit about yourself!  

My name is Doran Dyer, and I am currently a third-year in the Moving-Image Production Program focusing on experimental film. I am also studying Marketing at the Fisher College of Business, and I have a minor in Film Studies. I am a member of the Theta Delta Chapter of Beta Theta Pi here at Ohio State, and I am also a member of the Mad Royal Film Club. Some of my hobbies include watching movies, going to any concert I can, being in nature and hanging out with my amazing friends. This summer, I will be traveling to New York City where I will be working as a Creative Design Intern at Volvo Cars USA. 
What initially drew you to work with University Libraries as a student employee? 

What drew me to work at University Libraries was my love for this campus and everything Ohio State has given to me. Transferring here after my first year of college is truly the best decision I have ever made and having the opportunity to give back to this wonderful campus by working at University Libraries has been an amazing experience. 

What is something you’ve learned by working for University Libraries? 

Something I have learned while working at University Libraries is how to be a better leader within a work environment. During high school, I had always considered myself a leader, whether it was in the classroom or on an athletic team. However, I struggled to put myself in leadership positions within a work environment. This past autumn semester, I was the only returning student employee in the mailroom. This led to me having to step into a leadership position to assist in the training of the new hires with the support of my supervisors. I now consider myself more active as a leader within work environments, and it is because of my time here at University Libraries. 

How will this scholarship impact your time as a student at Ohio State? 

This scholarship will impact my time at Ohio State by helping me financially as I move forward in my academic career. Due to transferring to Ohio State after my first year and having two majors and a minor, I will have to take a fifth year to complete my education. Being awarded this scholarship will help me stay in good financial standing as I budget for my fifth year of college. 

What would you say to other students who are considering working for University Libraries? 

You will receive the support you need here. Having a heavy course load due to two majors with no overlapping classes, I sometimes get overwhelmed with schoolwork. However, all my supervisors are extremely supportive in my academic journey and will lift me up and work with me if I am feeling stressed out or overwhelmed. There is a great support system at University Libraries, and I am honored to be a part of it.