Recently I had the opportunity to volunteer at an elementary school library and assist with checking-in and checking-out of books. As the students came to the counter, I glanced at the book titles and thought, “I wasn’t reading this stuff at their age”. Don’t get me wrong—I was a pretty good kid in elementary school, but I was into playing outside with my friends and watching the occasional after school special. Just to give you an idea, some of the subjects were about American history, a series collection on western books, origami art, the armed forces, and yes, there was the usual book on Star Wars, Harry Potter, and a few Highlight magazines. To some people this may not be new, but it was to me.
Sitting there, I wondered how many of the students would continue on to college or some type of higher learning. How many are going to need financial aid to help them pay for college? Do their parents know it’s never too early to start researching colleges, financial aid options, etc? It made me reflect on my own college/work life experience and how fortunate I am to be working in an industry with individuals who are passionate about what they do... who care about the students and their families and the impact legislation has on the future of education and higher learning.
Having the opportunity to chair the TASFAA Times newsletter committee has been a wonderful experience. If you are new to TASFAA or the industry, I highly encourage you to join a committee and become involved. It’s a great way to network with financial aid colleagues, share your expertise, industry pain points and solutions, and to stay informed of the latest federal changes. (Here’s the web link so you can sign up today – www.tasfaa.org/docs/forms/memVolunteer.html.)
In closing, I want to thank the following members who served on the newsletter committee with me for their support and dedication:
Now it’s off to the library for some good reading. See you at the TASFAA Conference!