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I feel like the best version of myself when I'm part of a team.
My time in high school sports and being an active member of Chi Omega sorority during my undergraduate career were key to the development of my personal and professional character. So getting to the graduate school chapter of my life without a team made me feel like I'd lost a part of who I was.
Although I had a strong support system in my loving family, incredible friends, and wonderful faculty in my physical therapy program who consistently go above for me and my peers, I felt like I was still missing the team aspect that I require to be my best self.
And that's when I found the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)—or better yet, APTA found me.
During the fall semester of my second year of physical therapy school, I was asked by a then third-year student who was serving on the Connecticut (CT) Chapter's Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) board if I would be interested in serving a leadership position for the following term. Upon being elected president of CT SSIG and diving head first into the pool that is APTA, I knew that I had found my team.
While serving my term for CT SSIG, I attended various APTA national conferences including CSM 2018, NEXT 2019, and NSC 2019, that further solidified the passion, motivation, and inspiration that comes along with being on team APTA. I had finally found the team that I needed to be a part of for the rest of my graduate studies and future career.
Since my time serving at the state level and now having the honor to serve at the national level as Nominating Committee member for the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors, I know that I have found a team that I will lean on for the entirety of my career. I am forever grateful to have been found by APTA and will continue to grow from the passion and authenticity it provides to its members.
Want to share your APTA love story? Submit it here! Haven't had such an experience or moment? We encourage you to contact William James, SPT, Director of Membership, APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors to discover APTA value and opportunities.
Kaitlyn Mital, SPT, is a student at Sacred Heart University and serves as Nominating Committee member for the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors. You can connect with Kaitlyn on Twitter at @KaitlynMitalSPT.