Author: Conner Allen
girl smiling against a tree

Cristina DeJong is a 2023 bachelor’s graduate in materials science and engineering. Read her career update and advice for recent graduates below.

What have you been up to since graduation? How did your experience at Hopkins inspire you to pursue this path?  

Since graduating in 2023, I have been working for Schneider Electric in a rotational program – the idea is you have a different role each year for 3 years to get a broader understanding of the company. I first heard about the program from another MatSci alumna! However, I’m going to be leaving to start my master’s in the fall – a decision which again has been influenced by my experience at Hopkins, as I was involved in research as well as multiple design teams that led me to where I am now.  

What do you miss about your time at JHU MatSci?  

I miss the community of MatSci! It’s amazing to be part of such a close-knit group and have the support network of peers and professors. I made a lot of close friends through the program as well as valuable connections in my field, and I know even years down the line, I can always reach out to anyone from the department! 

Do you have any advice for 2024 graduates?  

You don’t have to have everything figured out right away – and you can always change your mind! I know especially at Hopkins it’s easy to get wrapped up in having everything lined up immediately for post-grad: jobs, grad school, etc.… but I’m changing my mind a year later about what I thought I wanted to pursue, and the experience I’ve had has been extremely valuable anyway. Don’t stress too much about making the ‘right’ choice!