Jenna Rockhold

Jenna Rockhold
Cybersecurity (CIT)

What are a couple of your favorite things about your program of study?

One of my favorite things about my major are the people. It is easy to meet new people within your major. I have made so many new friends within my major that I know I will be friends with later in life and who are just as excited about Cybersecurity as I am. Another one of my favorite things about my major are the opportunities that it provides me with. The job placement rate is high and there are career fairs focused on helping me find internships and jobs.

What has been one of your favorite class projects?

One of my favorite class projects was creating a functional database with a group of my classmates in CNIT 180. Through this database we were able to track problems that occurred in printers from different departments of a company both in the past and the present. I really enjoyed this project because it pushed me to meet new people each week and work together in teams.

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

In addition to being an ambassador I am currently involved in Women in Technology (WIT), Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), and I am the Vice President of Third Street Council. I am also involved in intramural sports.

What do you know about your program of study now that you wish someone had told you when you were choosing a major?

One thing that I wish someone had told me when I was choosing my major was that a lot of Cybersecurity involves working on projects in teams and groups during realistic labs that are relevant to things that we would be doing in our careers. I also wish that someone had emphasized that no programming or prior knowledge is needed coming in. Everything that you will need will be taught to you.

What would be one piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue students?

One piece of advice that I would give prospective students is to get involved on campus in clubs and activities that you enjoy. The opportunities that are offered during college are amazing experiences that help Purdue feel more like home while also helping you to be a more well-rounded individual.

What made you decide to choose your specific major?

I decided to choose my major after attending several Cybersecurity camps on campus. Through these camps I met students and professors who were just as excited about Cybersecurity as me. After attending the camps, I knew that protecting people’s information online was my passion.

Have questions? Email me at jrockhol@purdue.edu