Janette's Journal

Janette's JournalAs NASFAA's 2016 Dallas Martin Endowment (DME) policy intern, Janette will work with NASFAA’s policy and federal relations staff until mid-August. Janette received her B.A. in government from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing a master of public administration at George Washington University. In 2013, the DME reached its initial fundraising goal of $300,000, but there is still more work to be done. Learn more about the purposes, policies, and goals of the fund, and receive a special gift when you donate $50 or more to help cultivate the next generation of student aid advocates, like Janette.

  • Janette's Journal: 'I Want to Talk About What I Have Learned'
    August 12, 2016 -   It honestly feels like just yesterday I walked through the NASFAA offices for the first time as the DME intern, so I can’t believe that I am writing my final blog post. I have enjoyed writing these and sharing the amazing op...
  • Janette's Journal: My Training Is Paying Off
    August 5, 2016 -   Over the last week, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with multiple people around DC who work in higher education policy. Everyone has been so nice to me and has provided great career advice. Through these conversations, I&rs...
  • Janette’s Journal: Learning Something New Every Minute
    July 29, 2016 -   I moved to DC in mid-August last year, and I remember thinking it was very quiet around town. The city gets quieter every day as people start to leave for summer vacations. It’s no different here in the NASFAA office as peop...
  • Janette’s Journal: From Really, Really Busy to Just Really Busy
    July 22, 2016 -   I remember earlier in the summer, our Federal Relations Associate Stephen Payne said that things go from “really, really busy” before the conference to “really busy” after the conference, which has turned o...
  • Janette’s Journal: Reflections After a Fantastic Conference
    July 15, 2016 -   If I had to summarize my conference experience in one word, it would be “inspired.” I am glad that I had the opportunity to sit in on many of the sessions because that provided me an opportunity to hear about the innov...
  • Janette’s Journal: It’s All Coming Together
    July 8, 2016 -   I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend and rested up before next week's National Conference. I am incredibly excited to meet y'all and for y'all to see what NASFAA has prepared. The staff has been working very hard on ...
  • Janette's Journal: NASFAA Super-Week
    July 1, 2016 -   It’s NASFAA “super-week.” I remember learning about the multiple events that would happen this week during my first week at NASFAA and thinking that a month and a half was really far away. On Tuesday, we held an ...
  • Janette's Journal: From Ideas to Action
    June 24, 2016 -   When you think of summer, you usually think of leisurely days spent next to a pool, right? Well, that is not the case here in Washington, DC, especially in the NASFAA office. Things are only getting busier, but I am enjoying every...
  • Janette’s Journal: Summer Bill Bonanza Begins
    June 17, 2016 -   I feel like I say this every week, but this past week has been incredibly busy. My time in the office has been spent on more federal policy work this past week as Congress has started their summer bill bonanza. I like to think I k...
  • Janette’s Journal: Going Uphill
    June 10, 2016 -   First, I want to thank you for your kind words on my first blog post. I enjoyed writing it, and I’m looking forward to writing more. On Tuesday morning this week, I went to the Senate to attend my first ever hearing. Th...
  • Janette’s Journal: My First Week on the Job
    June 3, 2016 -   My name is Janette Martinez, and I’m the Dallas Martin Endowment (DME) Policy Intern for Summer 2016. I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to learn more about federal financial aid policy while also getting the chan...
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