It Started with a Meeting
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Like any love story, it started with a meeting.
An APTA New Jersey (APTANJ) district meeting in southern New Jersey hosted my Rutgers University program.
It was during that meeting that I saw firsthand how a professional association conducted business. It was also one of the first instances where I got to interact and socialize with peers and colleagues who are a part of the physical therapy profession.
Right then and there, I felt a spark of attraction.
Something about this meeting drew me in like wildfire. I did not know it at the time, but my passion for this profession and our association would only grow from there.
Not long after that fall meeting I attended my first state-level conference with APTANJ.
During the conference, I learned about the issues affecting physical therapists in New Jersey and state advocacy efforts, but most of all, I realized how much fun socializing and networking was.
I started marking on my calendar every future state-level meeting and conference and after each experience I would sit in class buzzing with excitement, eagerly awaiting the next.
I’ll be honest, this to me is reminiscent of the feelings love brings.
Eventually, I became an APTA Student Assembly core ambassador for New Jersey, and with that my engagement in APTA grew even more. I then realized that APTA has a conference for and by students, just like me: National Student Conclave (NSC)! In a matter of hours I had registered, booked my hotel and flight, and was ready to attend my first NSC, which was held in Portland, Oregon, that year.
Months later, I arrived at Portland International Airport for NSC and the rest was a blur. The conference experience happened, I was riding that conference high, when it felt like something bit me.
That was the love bug, of course. It was after that weekend that I fell in love with APTA.
All the educational opportunities, personal development, professional development, and fun socials smashed my chest like Russian stim.
I’ll admit, the value of APTA seems hidden, indescribable, and unmeasurable, but you will feel the butterflies like I did, you just have to jump in feet first.
David Lin, SPT, is a student at Rutgers University and serves as the APTA Student Assembly Core Ambassador for New Jersey. You can connect with David on Twitter at @DavidLin_DPT.
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.