As you read this blog post I will most likely be heading into the NASFAA office for my last day as the Dallas Martin Fund for Education (DME) Intern. This internship offered the opportunity for me to attend meetings on Capitol Hill with Assistant Director of Federal Relations Jesse O'Connell and Managing Director of Policy & Federal Relations Megan McClean, write articles that were featured in Today’s News, provide survey data for webinars, edit the 2014 NASFAA National Profile, and create presentations to be used by the Policy team, in addition to several other tasks and projects. The feedback that I’ve received on my work and work ethic throughout this internship has provided some of the most useful advice. My time with here with NASFAA has been an invaluable experience that I will cherish and look back to for many years to come.
Such an experience could not have been possible without the successful collaboration and support of multiple players; therefore, I would like to thank all of the people who had a hand in helping me reach such an important juncture in my life. Having the ability to conceptualize just how many people are backing you and your pursuits is such an amazing feeling and I would like to thank you all individually.
To the Dallas Martin Endowment Supporters: Without your continuous support and understanding of the need to foster skills that will ensure that financial aid advocacy is placed in capable hands, I would not have been afforded this opportunity. I hope that such an opportunity can be offered to other promising young student aid proponents for years to come. My experiences here at NASFAA have strengthened by ability to serve as a well-informed and effective advocate for access and affordability.
To the NASFAA Staff: I would like to thank you all for always pushing me to be my best self. From work completed within the office to my everyday life, I have never felt as if I were tackling obstacles alone. Your wisdom, support, and expertise within several different arenas made my transition to life in D.C. as smooth as possible. To the Policy and Communications teams, thank you for helping me identify my strengths and strengthen my weaknesses. Your unwavering support and constant feedback motivated me to always strive to produce high quality work. The combination of these qualities has provided me with the opportunity for professional and personal growth.
To the NASFAA Members: I cannot thank you enough for your feedback on my blog posts, kind words at the NASFAA conference, one-on-one meetings, and encouraging emails. Not only are you dedicated to the success of your institutions and students, but you’ve also chosen to provide me with tremendous support.
Last, but certainly not least: I’d like to thank Chad Puls, my past internship supervisor and director of financial aid at the University of Rochester and Gustavo Rivera Pecunia, my past supervisor and enrollment information operations manager in the Office of Admissions at the University of Rochester. Without the two of you, I strongly doubt that I would have discovered such a great opportunity. Thank you for always working with my schedule and supporting all of my endeavors. I strongly doubt that you two are aware of the impact that you have had in my life.
My experiences here at NASFAA have been beyond wonderful, and for that I am truly grateful. Now that my internship with NASFAA has come to a close, I’ve decided to remain in D.C. I will be searching for employment opportunities within the D.C area that will allow me to continue working within the areas of access and affordability. Thank you all for your continued support.
Publication Date: 8/29/2014