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Name: Irene Pang

Hometown: Hong Kong

Major(s): Sociology

Current job: Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University

Tell us a little about the path from graduation to your current job/career: I worked in a non-profit organization for a year after graduating from college, then started graduate school.

Any internships/pre-professional experiences at JHU? I used the Woodrow Wilson undergraduate research fellowship to study friendship patterns in the UWC! That was my first research project, and it set me on a trajectory of academic research.

In what ways did your Hopkins education prepare you for your career? I am really grateful for the freedom and opportunities I had at Hopkins to learn to do research. There are probably few universities which can rival Hopkins in promoting and supporting undergraduate research.

Any classes, faculty members, or involvements at JHU that helped to shape your career interest? How did they do so? I had wonderful mentors in the Sociology department who I still keep in touch with, and whom I still count on in my professional work.

Favorite Hopkins memory: Spring Fair!

What about being a Hopkins student do you miss the most? The learning atmosphere. Everyone was so eager to work hard.

How did going to school in Baltimore affect your college experience and opportunities for pre-professional experiences? Baltimore is a great place to be for a Sociologist. You see on the streets what you read and discuss about in class.

Knowing what you know now, what would you want to tell your pre-college self? Relax, don’t work too hard.