A Love Story in the Bayou of Louisiana
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My love story takes me to the bayou of Louisiana, where there happens to be a small gathering of 17,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy at Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) 2018.
I met some friends and then we went to meet the rest of their group at their Airbnb before the night's festivities kicked off, and my friends invited me to stay for dinner.
As I sat at the table for dinner that night, I remember thinking, "These are my people."
It's a simple thought, but after reflecting on the experience I realized how special it was to have such a great group of like-minded individuals to share in my professional development.
I met many of these friends in the past few years, but this moment comes to mind as my realization that there was interdependence between the young professionals in our field.
I was, and continue to be, thankful that APTA provides these opportunities to bring people together to share their personal and professional journeys.
Most people see APTA as a place for the profession to come together as a united force for policy change or to share the latest in clinical literature. I too see its value in these areas and think it is astonishing to see the work of APTA's House of Delegates or the passion of presenters at conferences every year. My value and my love, however, are with the personal connection.
Year after year and conference after conference, the relationships with my colleagues continue to grow.
I attended my first conference in 2016 with a primary goal of creating a professional network. I never thought that years later I would be having dinner at CSM in NOLA, surrounded by family.
Want to share your APTA love story? Submit it here! Haven't had such an experience or moment? We encourage you to contact Kaylee Pobocik, SPT, Director of Membership, APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors to discover APTA value and opportunities.
Rush Hendricks, PT, DPT, is a clinician practicing in Tennessee. You can connect with Rush on Twitter at @RUSH_DPT.