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Andrew O’Neal

Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Class of 2027

“After I complete my undergraduate degrees here at WVU, I want to attend law school and eventually practice environmental law.”

Hometown: Charleston, West Virginia

Hobbies: My hobbies are hiking, traveling, plants, reading news articles, and spending time with friends and family

Scholarships and Academic Awards: PROMISE scholarship and WV Higher Education Grant

Extracurriculars: Student Government Association, Pre-Law Society, and the Student Sierra Club

One interesting fact: I served as West Virginia's first youth governor during my senior year of high school for YMCA Youth and Government.

Q&A with Andrew

  • What are your favorite things about being in this major?
    • It will help me learn more about sustainable practices that I can use if I decide to run for public office and pursue a career in environmental law.
  • What is the most interesting thing about your major?
    • The most interesting thing about my major is that it's brand new and brings courses that haven't been taught here at WVU.
  • Why did you want to pursue this major?
    • I want to pursue this major because I'm a passionate conservationist and environmentalist who wants to learn how society can become more sustainable.
  • How have your professors and/or staff helped you be successful?
    • My professors have helped me learn more about political science and sustainable practices.
  • What skills and/or knowledge have you gained that you feel will help you be successful in your future career?
    • I've gotten better at communicating and talking to people since coming to college.
  • What are your career goals?
    • After I complete my undergraduate degrees here at WVU, I want to attend law school and eventually practice environmental law.
  • What is your favorite place on campus?
    • Woodburn Circle
  • What is your most memorable moment?
    • The WVU vs. Pitt football game
  • W hat is your favorite class and why?
    • Representation - POLS 347
  • What experience or class has taught you the most so far?
    • Participating in Student Government Association has taught me a lot since I came to WVU
  • Why did you choose WVU?
    • I chose WVU because it was close to home and an affordable option for undergrad.
  • What advice would you give to an incoming student in the same major?
    • Remember to balance your new social life with school. It's okay to tell your friends you can't go out because you have homework or a test the next day.

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