APTA Is My Second Home
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As a first year physical therapy student, I had the opportunity to present my research from my undergraduate work at the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA's) 2019 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in Washington DC.
When the opportunity presented itself, I knew that I couldn't pass up the chance. I traveled to CSM 2019 as the only first-year student from my program and put myself and my research out there.
It was my first national conference, my first national research presentation, and my first experience with APTA, and wow, I was blown away!
I couldn't believe how many professionals and students came together to discuss current practice and research and share ways to advance the profession. After such a large and inspiring conference, I knew that I had to attend another.
So in fall 2019, I attended the National Student Conclave (NSC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Because my experience at CSM was focused on research and meeting other professionals in the field, I had no idea about the opportunities to get involved in APTA as a student. NSC was my first chance to interact with students who were equally as passionate about the physical therapy profession as I am, and to learn about leadership positions for students interested in representing and advancing the profession.
APTA is so much more than conferences, access to clinical practice guidelines, and opportunities to meet other professionals. APTA is a community, a family, a group of students and professionals who come together to grow and learn from one another; they inspire you to become the best version of yourself.
APTA has become my second home and allowed me to find my purpose outside of the classroom and lab. APTA has given me new friends, mentors, and inspiration to continue to pursue the opportunities that I am passionate about. To me APTA is a movement, and as PTs, PTAs, and students it's on us to get behind it, be engaged, and be a part of the APTA community.
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.
Lindsay Durand, SPT, is a student at Washington University. You can connect with Lindsay on Twitter at @durand_lindsay.