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Student Showcase

Melanie Athena Marie Olson

Master of Science in Urban Planning ’22
Certificate in Heritage Conservation ’22

  • NITC Student Scholar Award
  • Faculty Distinction Award
  • Outstanding GPA Award
  • President, Graduate Planning Society
  • First Place, Friends of Planning Excellence Award (Team Award)

Home Town
South San Francisco, California

Master’s Project
Thriving Transit Corridors


You can breathe in the music the city makes. Move by the rhythm the people play. Deep inside it comes alive.
  – The Cheetah Girls


A huge thank you to my family and close friends! You all provided me with words of encouragement throughout this journey. I am grateful, and I love you all. Also, I appreciate the time well spent with my amazing peers and the faculty of CAPLA! The immense support I received throughout this program will always be cherished.



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