Caroline Janeway ’11
Research Assistant at Craig Hospital, Denver
Residential Relief Counselor at Aurora Mental Health Center
Neuroscience/Dance Double Major
Living in Dallas and working at the Center for Vital Longevity was an invaluable first job experience for me. Not only did I become a part of cutting-edge research in the aging mind and Alzheimer's disease, but I also discovered what type of work environment does and does not work for me. I learned a few things: 1) Sometimes job happiness is more correlated to enjoying the people you work with than what you're actually doing, 2) I love working with the elderly population! I enjoy them + they enjoy me = job fulfillment. 3) Office space is essential to my job happiness. If I am going to be at a desk most of the day, an aesthetically pleasing office with windows and/or breaking outdoors is a must-have for me.
I have also gotten engaged to a CC alum, Nick Rose, and moved to Denver! While working in Dallas, I took a long, three-week vacation traveling through England, France, and Spain with Nick. It was incredible. He proposed at Park Guell in Barcelona, and I said "Of course!" From there, I decided to pick up my life in Dallas and move to Denver with Nick. I also decided that this was a great opportunity for me to switch gears career-wise from research to clinical. With the help of a CC alum, I accepted a job position at Aurora Mental Health Center as a residential relief counselor. The population I work with is mostly diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and/or personality disorders. It has been a great slap in the face for what clinical mental health work would be like. I realized I couldn't completely abandon research, so I also accepted a position at Craig Hospital as a research assistant in spinal cord injury research. I have always admired Craig Hospital's reputation for putting the patients' needs first, and am proud to be a part of the team. The patients, families, and staff are so inspiring, and the hospital camaraderie is contagious! Having two part-time jobs has its challenges, but it also keeps things new and different.
All that being said, lately I have been itching to go back to school. It's time. After all the wedding festivities have commenced, it will be time to focus on applying to grad school. Stay tuned!