Stronger, Humbler Physical Therapy Student
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Physical therapy school is so much more than the never-ending exams, presentations, projects, papers, and constant studying; it is a place where I have found humanizing passion and cultivating motivation for my future profession.
I have learned that I can balance countless responsibilities, while continuing to make contributions to the profession.
But more importantly I have learned what I cannot do and what I cannot handle.
I have given my all for things and I have fallen short.
I have pulled countless all-nighters just to not receive the credit that I thought I deserved.
I have frozen in clinicals when my clinical instructor put me on the spot, and I have been humbled in more than one way in the hospital.
However, every hurdle and every letdown has pushed me to get up even faster and stronger than before, to learn from my mistakes and shortcomings, and to grow as a future physical therapist (PT) and health care provider.
I have the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to thank for allowing me to find my spark and for allowing me to become a stronger, humbler physical therapy student.
Deciding to attend a physical therapy school in which APTA was so heavily represented was no mistake.
I have consistently been motivated to not only be a physical therapy student over the next 3 years, but to be an advocate and a voice for our profession.
My decision to attend APTA's National Student Conclave as a first-year student was a stab in the dark; I had no idea what to expect or how to feel. I told myself that if I wanted to see the profession move forward in the future, I could not just sit back and watch it happen.
My decision to become an active member of the Student Assembly was the first step in that direction.
Want to share your APTA love story? Submit it here! Haven't had such an experience or moment? We encourage you to contact George James, SPT, Director of Membership, APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors to discover APTA value and opportunities.
McKenzie LeBlanc, SPT, is a student at LSU Health - Shreveport.