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Meet Megan O'Neill

INDS Fall 2022 Graduate Highlight Series

B.A. INDS: Sustainable Urban Design
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor
Summa Cum Laude

Degree Mentors:

  • Maggie Holland, Geography and Environmental Systems
  • Stephen Bradley, Visual Arts
  • Steven McAlpine, Individualized Study
Why did you choose to major in INDS?
As an artist, advocate for environmental justice, and lover of cities, INDS provided me the opportunity to combine my passions into an interdisciplinary major. I felt particularly connected to the INDS philosophy of claiming your education, which has led to the INDS staff challenging us to grow as not only students, but in our character as well. We get to create a schedule of classes that would not have been possible otherwise, and I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing the fascinating ways in which my coursework form an intricate web of information related to my major. On a personal level, the INDS journey has guided me down a path that unfolds from my individual experiences and strengths, while being part of an incredible community of those who are empowered to do the same. 

What are your plans for after graduation, and how do you see using your INDS degree?
After graduation, I plan to find a job in urban design or urban sustainability in Baltimore or Washington D.C. before making plans to attend graduate school.  I understand that work can be very unpredictable post-graduation, but I aspire to make my career a continuation of the studies that I am doing currently in INDS. I also plan to apply to be a Fulbright Scholar for 2024. I'm particularly interested in how my work as a designer can help facilitate community sustainability, such as with community land trusts and place-making. Alongside my career, I want to continue challenging myself to expand as an artist and traveling whenever I am afforded the chance to do. 

  • Presented at URCAD in 2021 for the Kinetic Sculpture Project
  • Eco-Ambassador with the Office of Sustainability
  • Sustainability Advocate for Retriever Essentials 

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Posted: November 8, 2022, 9:55 AM