Privileged to be a Part of This Community
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My love story began at the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA's) 2018 National Student Conclave (NSC) in Providence, Rhode Island.
As a student at the University of Rhode Island, I was very excited to have the unique opportunity to attend with my program a conference in my home state.
I expected to learn about the many different ways that I could get involved as a student and encourage my classmates to also be involved. What I didn't expect was the community of incredible students that I was about to join. The people who I met at the conference are still some of my closest friends who have inspired me to continue to get involved in APTA. They are the reason that my love affair started and why I continue to fall in love with this remarkable organization. Everyone I met was kind and inviting and their passion for APTA was electric! I had not felt a shared energy before this. Having the opportunity to meet many people with enthusiasm and with a desire to get involved was truly amazing.
This experience really opened up a new world to me. It was an honor to meet students who have done wonderful things for our profession. The people and that energy that I felt at NSC moved me to get more involved, motivated me to use my position as core ambassador of Rhode Island to promote physical therapy to those who may not know what we do, and encouraged me to reach out to other students. I have joined many volunteer projects and continue to attend conferences, so I can feel that energy and become enthused all over again. I feel privileged to be a part of this community!
If you are considering attending NSC in October I would definitely recommend that you do it! That first conference changed everything for me and I know it can for so many other people. If attending a conference soon is not possible for you, then make sure to reach out to other students. Our wonderful Student Assembly Board of Directors and so many other students are active on social media and would love to have a conversation with you about their excitement for APTA! I have reached out to many of them myself for inspiration. The community is inviting, and you will not believe the energy, zeal, and love that you feel being a part of it.
Thank you to everyone who has stirred me to do more within this organization. You are all the reason that I can say I truly love APTA!
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.
Erin Sayles, SPT, is a student at the University of Rhode Island and serves as the APTA Student Assembly Core Ambassador for Rhode Island and on the APTA Student Assembly Advocacy Project Committee. You can connect with Erin on Twitter at @ErinSaylesSPT.