Janine Hidalgo

Chemical Engineering

Specialty Program:
Polymer Materials and Manufacturing

Degree you are studying toward:
Bachelor of Engineering

Expected year of graduation:

McMaster University

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Fun Facts About Me

If your best friend had to describe you in 10 words or less, what would they say?:
Outgoing, interpersonal, hardworking, ambitious, and loud (in a good way)

Share one fun fact about yourself:
Contrary to popular opinion, pizza is my least favourite food!

What do you want to accomplish in the next 10 years?:
Within the next ten years, I want to accomplish:
1. Paying off all my student loans
2. Have a stable job in the cosmetics industry with my chemical engineering degree (it would be an absolute dream to work with Estee Lauder)
3. Find and live in my own condo apartment
4. Professionally publish my own website where I will write about my experience in working in the cosmetics industry and make-up in general (I have a passion for make-up!). I hope to aspire young ladies that have the same goals as I do

The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........?:
The most inspiring engineer I know is my polymers professor last semester. She made class worth going to, she made the lectures interesting, her personality was always beaming, and she always went out of her way to help her students. I find her inspiring because she is so in love with what she does and that's the person I aspire to be. It was her class that I decided I wanted to specialize into polymers.

Profile Questions

Why did you choose your program of study?:
I chose my program because I wanted to work with makeup, but I also wanted to pursue a career in the math and science field. When I learned that chemical engineers could actually work in the cosmetics industry, my heart was automatically set- it was like the best of both worlds.

What has been your favourite course (in Engineering) and why?:
It was Dr. Cranston's Intro to Polymer Science. This class was a wake-up call for me and made me realize what I wanted to do with my chemical engineering degree. I went through three years thinking that I could just graduate with a chemical engineering degree and just go straight into cosmetics, and that was about it. I wasn't too keen about the courses I was studying, but I got through it. With this polymers class, I was actually interested with what I was learning and I wasn't forcing myself with the material (which I shamefully have to admit on doing with my other classes). I actually liked what I was studying and I wouldn't mind studying it for the rest of my life.

What has been the best part of your Engineering education to date?:
I doubted my intelligence in second year when I failed Calculus IV because I never failed anything prior to that. I was devastated and I never felt so embarrassed. I strongly believed I didn't belong in engineering because everyone else was so much smarter than I was, and everyone passed but me. When I retook the class and ended up with the highest mark I have ever received in my university career, I was ecstatic! I learned to accept failure and grow from it, rather than doubt myself entirely as a person. This was a huge life lesson for me and it taught me that everyone moves at their own pace, and being in engineering is not a sprint, it's a marathon.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?:
Once I graduate, I hope to land a job at a cosmetics company on the west coast (or at least a couple hundred kilometres away from home). The thought of being an adult on my own scares me, but I feel like I'm ready to grow up and move past my comfort zone. I can't wait to graduate and start something new!