Megan Costello graduated from the College of Information Sciences and Technology in 2008, and now serves as an assistant teaching professor in the college. IMAGE: Jessica Hallman Editor’s note: This story was originally published in the College of Information Sciences and Technology’s (IST) spring 2019 issue of iConnect magazine, as part of a feature story on College of IST alumni who now serve as members of the faculty in commemoration of the college’s 20th anniversary.

For Megan Costello, a 2008 IST alumna, the strong community feel is what initially drew her to the College of IST. Like Marc Friedenberg , it is also what drew her back to become an assistant teaching professor seven years after she graduated.

“Ultimately, I’m comfortable because this is where I spent my undergraduate years, and I just really love it here,” said Costello. “It was nice to be able to come back and be a part of that community again.”

The strong community stems from the small-school atmosphere in the college, which Costello first experienced as a student. She recalls working on group assignments with classmates who became close lifelong friends.

“You stayed with these same individuals and had many of your classes together,” she said. “It was interesting to see the friendships grow out of that, [and see] all these people learning all these things at the same time and getting used to this community for the first time. And then they ultimately stayed friends long after those classes ended.”

As an instructor, Costello invites some of those former classmates back to speak to her students.

“I want to show students where their education can take them, and what opportunities are out there if you really put your mind to it,” she said.

She was one of the students who took advantage of those opportunities while she was in college. Her childhood dream was to become a lawyer—a career that she pursued after building a solid foundation in the College of IST.

“As somebody who climbed the ranks in IST with a minor in security and risk analysis (SRA), it was interesting to be able to leverage my technical […]

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