More Than Just a Professional Association
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As a physical therapy student with a career in a previous field, I initially struggled with who I was once I made the shift from professional to student.
I felt like my voice was not important or that the people above me were the ones whose opinions mattered. These thoughts and feelings were based in fear and misinformation, and my introduction to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) helped me face those concerns and realize the truth that my voice is valuable.
I attended APTA's National Student Conclave (NSC) as a first-year student, an experience that sparked my love for the profession of physical therapy and our professional association.
At NSC, there was a town hall meeting with APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD. Students were encouraged to ask her questions.
I had the opportunity to ask a question on a topic that I am passionate about and it was answered with honesty, respect, and the charge to continue the conversation.
Following the town hall meeting, I had meaningful and moving conversations with several students regarding this topic and others, and I felt empowered and even more excited about my journey into this profession.
My experience at NSC motivated me to seek opportunities for involvement. I quickly realized that APTA is more than just a professional association, it is a community. It's a community that values the voices of its members, it's a place where people are genuinely enthusiastic about bettering the profession and those whom we serve, and it's the place where I found my #PTfam. I am 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.
Kayla Harris, SPT, is a student at The Ohio State University. You can connect with Kayla on Twitter at @KaylaHarris_SPT.