July 6, 2012 -- For being a holiday week, DC sure stays busy! Luckily I was able to catch up on many different tasks that I’ve been working on. One of my major projects throughout the course of my internship is to write a book review that will hopefully be published in the winter edition of the Journal of Student Financial Aid. The book I chose to review is The Financial Aid Handbook, by Carol Stack and Ruth Vedvik. I’m still in the process of reading, but I think that it will make for a good review.
I am also working with NASFAA Director of Research Dr. Gigi Jones to copyedit articles written for the journal. She gave me a great lesson on APA citation formatting, and I’m now convinced she should be a college professor in her spare time. Helping her copyedit is giving me a great opportunity to improve my own skills and I’m sure it will come in handy when I’m back at school.
A shorter term project that I am working on is updating the Take Action page on our Advocacy website. Our goal is to instruct our members on how to be effective advocates themselves, so we are providing useful suggestions and tools on the page. Hopefully it will be updated soon, so everyone will have to check it out!
Finally, I have been working on creating an advocacy forecast publication that will be mailed to members. Last year we produced the NASFAA Advocacy Update, outlining major advocacy projects that NASFAA has been involved in. This year we have turned the update into a forecast, as much of the policy is yet to be determined, or still appears to be “cloudy.”
On top of all of these projects, I’ve been able to attend multiple meetings on both the Hill and here in the NASFAA conference room. Busy may be an understatement, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
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