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Graduate Student Spotlight: Jennie Marinucci
"I absolutely loveeee raving about the CSDC and find that I do it all the time here at school when people ask me why I'm so set on pediatrics."
What have you been up to since leaving UNH/CSDC?
Upon leaving UNH and the CSDC, I began graduate school at Harvard School of Dental Medicine to work on my DMD (doctorate of dental medicine).
What is/are the most important thing(s) the CSDC has taught you that you've incorporated into life after UNH?
I began working at the CSDC the fall semester of my freshman year and my experience completely changed the way I view and maneuver interpersonal interactions, both with children and adults. Although I have not gone directly into childcare or education, my work at the CSDC is something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Working at the CSDC was more than just being an assistant preschool teacher. From helping children to think critically about their problems, interests, and curiosities, and then helping direct them to investigate and inquire about them, I gained these incredible skills of communication, facilitation, and problem solving on my own part.
What would you tell incoming UNH students about the CSDC?
I began working at the CSDC because well, like many of us, I needed a job. And I always seemed to gravitate toward childcare, so the CSDC just fit. However, I had no idea that this experience would become so much more than a job.
During my freshman and sophomore year, I was completely preoccupied with finding my future career. I tried to define this and explore different options and interests but I always found myself at a standstill because none of my passions seemed to "fit" together. So around sophomore year I just stopped doing this and just let myself do what made me happy. The CSDC and my success in the sciences always grounded me and brought me back to just simplicity and happiness. And so by just taking a step back and enjoying my everday of going to class and working at the CSDC, I was led to pediatric dentistry. I valued my job at the CSDC so much because it emphasized listening and communication and understanding, something we all know is a need in medicine. And so I realized that my desire to integrate human experience and relationships into my career was the most important thing I was looking for.
So even if you're not a family studies or education major and you just enjoy working with children, the CSDC has the potential to define your career, your skillset, and your future. So in the end, just do what makes you happy and it will all work out.