Money Mentor Profile | Janessa Engelmeyer at Northwestern University
By Amanda Draper, National Content Director at NextGenVest
How I’m Involved On Campus
I am a member of a Panhellenic sorority on campus and am on the Standards Board for PHA as well as a recruitment counselor. I work in a cognitive neuroscience research lab on campus, currently researching the possible tradeoff mechanism between episodic and gist memories and how Targeted Memory Reactivation (TMR) plays a role in this hypothesized mechanism.
How I’m involved Off Campus
I am involved in two different ways. One, I volunteer with numerous organizations:
The Academy of Music and Arts for Special Education (AMASE)
Community Health Corps where I work at a health desk
A local nursing home every week
hold leadership roles with Northwestern University Dance marathon (NUDM)
Am the treasurer for Northwestern Emergency Medical Org (NEMO)
Some of my Hobbies
My hobbies include going to Barre classes, reading during my spare time, going to concerts, and spending time with my friend’s Corgi. I love going to Northwestern football games to support The Cats.
What I Want High School Students to Know
I wish I knew that college would be very different academically than high school. For me high school was kinda a joke. I did not struggle at all academically or study for any of my classes so when I came to college I was caught very off guard. I did not have any study skills or time management skills which are really the two most important things for being successful in college. Money mentors could help you with preparing for college! Sign up here: http://ngv.io/match.
How my College is Special
Northwestern is incredibly rigorous and that was something I was not prepared for when I was a freshman. Northwestern has so many research opportunities and chances to work with award winning scientists which is super cool considering I want to go into medicine. I think this college is unique because we have a super strong academic program but also have strong sports teams so I get the “nerd school” experience but I also get the huge school spirit vibe at sporting events.
My Plans for After I Graduate
I plan to take two gap years and do research in the field of neurolaw because I am incredibly interested in the legal system and how the brain works. Then I hope to attend medical school, earn a dual degree with a Master Public Health (MD/MPH), and complete a surgical residency.
Working at NextGenVest
Working as a Money Mentor at NextGenVest has really opened my eyes to how sheltered so many people are and how sheltered of a student I was. It is so easy to take the opportunities in life for granted and not realize how many hardworking students come from difficult backgrounds. I have worked with so many amazing students who have had to overcome so many obstacles in life that are out of their control. I have worked with more students who I can count who are first generation college students trying to navigate applying for college, financial aid, scholarships and student loans all on their own. Seeing their determination pushes me to be a better Money Mentor.
*Janessa's responses have been edited for clarity