Archive for June, 2012

Bags a little heavier

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Well, my time in the GRD office has come to a close. I am headed back to Texas with my car, my contact list, and my list of options a little more full. I have had a fantastic experience meeting veterinarians and non-veterinarians alike all around Washington in a plethora of roles. I spoke to [...]

Y’all got any hawgs or chikins?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

This month has been full of new experiences coupled with new opportunities. Some are expected; some are not. For instance, I was meeting with a veterinarian working in the Watergate Complex (Yes, THE Watergate Complex made famous in the downfall of a president, don’t believe me, Google it.) when it was suggested that I look [...]

Tick Tock, Crazy Clocks

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

So picture this: I’m walking down the halls of Ford House Office Building to attend a meeting at the Committee on Homeland Security when all of a sudden I hear the loudest, most obnoxious fog horn sound throughout the entire building (so I may be exaggerating a little, but it was loud!). My elementary school [...]

Heels to Handshakes

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

I must catch you all up to date on all that I have been doing since my first week. Man, if there is one thing that I have learned from my time here in DC, it’s this: do everything, be everywhere, always say yes to things because you will wind up experience something very special. [...]

To New Friends and Protestors

Monday, June 18th, 2012

So, week 2 was just as crazy, if not more so, than week 1. AVMA cut me loose to discuss our issues one-on-one with Congressional staffers. I met with veterinarians in APHIS and USAID and learned about their duties and roles. (If you love veterinary medicine, public health, and international travel, I have some jobs [...]

Attention Students – Loan Information

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Last week, the White House issued a Presidential Memorandum that will make it much easier for federal student loan borrowers to enroll in Income-Based Repayment (IBR). By the end of September, students be able to electronically transfer your IRS income data directly into the IBR application and submit it online. But people need to know [...]

Southerner in the City

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Hello all! My name is Elise Ackley and I am a third year veterinary student at Louisiana State University, where I am tracking public practice. For those of you who know me, you know that aside from veterinary medicine, political affairs are my life. I eat, sleep, breathe, and (to the chagrin of my boyfriend) [...]

Crawfish, Caslick’s, and Girl Scouts

Monday, June 11th, 2012

It’s 9 pm on Saturday night, and I’m crammed on the end of a ten person table sitting right by the restrooms (I literally have to move my chair when people open the door) at the Vienna Inn Restaurant. I just ordered dinner with my wife, Lauren, my brother and two of his Naval Academy [...]