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7 Things about Meghan Wallingford ’89

What inspired you to do this kind of work?

When I was a student at O’Dowd, programs like the Career Partnerships Program had not yet been introduced. Upon learning that O’Dowd offers a program designed to assist students in connecting with their skills and interests and exposing them to the world of work, I was impressed. When I was offered the position of CPP coordinator, I immediately accepted. I see tremendous value in helping a student explore opportunities and I am thrilled I can be a part of it!

What is your position here and how long have you worked at O’Dowd?

I have been on campus since 2014, and am a Career Counselor. Previously I worked on fundraising events in the Development Department.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received (generally – it doesn’t have to be related to O’Dowd)?

When I was growing up I spent a lot of time visiting with an older neighbor who was housebound. She delighted in sharing tales of her life and loved to give advice. As I was approaching high school and was possibly taking things a bit too seriously she said to me: “Once you stop being a girl you’re stuck being a woman forever! I am an 86 year old girl and proud of it!” The message behind her words has echoed in my mind ever since. I interpret it as a reminder to stay connected with a sense of play, a sense of fun, and to not take things too seriously.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Without a doubt the students are my favorite thing about my job. Our students are fantastic, smart and vibrant. They make my job a joy.

What about your field or position do you think would surprise people the most?

This position allows me to learn alongside the students. I seek to provide the students exposure to a range of experiences and in doing so, I get to learn a few things along the way. With field trips to places ranging from Facebook to the Oakland Crime Lab and industry events like the Women In STEM Conference and TechCrunch, I always return to campus having seen and learned something new.

What is the most interesting or surprising thing about you?

Dragon Pride runs strong in my family! My freshman daughter is the 15th Dragon on my family tree!

If you could rescue only one thing from your burning office, what would it be?

I have some of my children’s early artwork on my walls. Neither of them are prolific artists so their works are rare and hard to come by!

Bonus Questions

What is your favorite kind of music/what are your favorite bands?

I grew up in a musical household so I can appreciate most kinds of music. 80s music holds a special place in my heart since it was the soundtrack of my youth – I think I still know all the words to the Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill and Run-DMC’s Raising Hell albums. And don’t get me started on Purple Rain or The GoGos…

What is your favorite sports team or who is your favorite individual athlete?

I love my Ducks!


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