Where are they now? Meghan O’Daniel (VUHS)
Hometown, current residence, age: I grew up in Vergennes, currently live in Burlington, and am 26 years old.
What I am up to: I’m currently working for the Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department as the Community Garden Outreach Coordinator — managing 14 community gardens around the city. Along with making sure that the season runs smoothly, I also focus on our New American gardeners to make sure that they have what they need and that their voices are being heard.
How I got to where I am now: I went to the University of Vermont and majored in Anthropology with a focus on Food and Culture. After I graduated I moved to Boston for a while and worked in the corporate sector but realized it wasn’t really for me. When I moved back to Burlington, I became an AmeriCorps member with the Parks & Rec Department. After that I convinced them that the position should be formalized as a part-time position and eventually was hired full time. For the past two school years I have also taught an afterschool cooking and nutrition class and taken teams to the Jr. Iron Chef competition. and this year they won!
Adults to whom I can attribute my current success: Sue O’Daniel, the band director at Vergennes High School and my Mom, has been my No. 1 supporter from day one (along with my Dad, Mike, of course). Those two helped me believe that I could do anything and have always been there for me throughout the good and the bad. Without the support system that they provided me with, I don’t know where I would be today.
How my Vermont roots have influenced who I am today: My Vermont roots definitely helped me find my way back when I needed to be here the most. After living out of the state for a while, I realized how amazingly wonderful Vermont really is. Nowhere else is quite like it. The sense of community, both on a small and large scale, is absolutely incredible and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
My advice for this year’s crop of graduating seniors: My advice would be to not worry too too much about what the future holds — you’ll get to where you’re meant to be when the time is right, so just enjoy the journey and soak it all in!
See when your favorite high school team is competing in the fall sports playoffs.
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