June 26, 2014
The Hip-Hop Professional wants you to meet Ryan Dillard (University of Southern California)
Q: What’s your major/area of interest and what school do you attend?
A: I am a junior student-athlete majoring in communication and playing football at the University of Southern California.
Q: What are some of your current projects or activities that you are engaged in on campus? Also, have you completed any beneficial internships/summer programs?
A: During the year, I am an active member of a bible study group known as Athletes in Action (AIA). In addition, I am a Black Alumni Association Scholar. I have done a lot of volunteer work over the last two years for the University of Southern California. Currently, I have work-study with the Ticket and Sales Department at the Galen Center. This job allows me to gain experience in communication skills over the phone. Also, I served as a student-assistant with University of Southern California Financial Aid Services last summer. I used Adobe Acrobat to scan files and save them to the database.
Q: How hard is it being a student and balancing the work you do towards your career goal?
A: As a student-athlete, the difficulty of your lifestyle depends on how you utilize your time and manage the distractions around you. At an early age, Dr. Ben Carson taught me how to study. He told me he would not watch any television during the week. His story made me realize how much social media is a distraction to getting a task completed. I do my very best at minimizing the amount of times I check Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. In addition, I have learned that it is best to stay on campus when you are doing work because you are more productive. A student is more likely to procrastinate in a dorm or apartment because they are both settings of a lazy environment. Constant reminders of my goals are the best way for me to stay productive and hungry for success.
Q:What are your top social media platforms that you use and why?
A: The top social media app I use is Instagram because it keeps me updated with everyone’s lives. Instagram is a way for individuals to express themselves. I use Instagram to share my feelings and promote a positive lifestyle among my brand as a USC student-athlete.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: In 5 years, I can see myself doing a lot of things because of the options and opportunities that USC has opened for me. I could actually see myself staying on campus and working as a sports administrator. My dream goal is to play in the NFL so I could see myself with any team. I also could see myself working for the NFL as an Executive such as a general manager or scout. I know God has a plan for me so I am just going to keep my faith in Him and trust in His journey.