Commended for My Eagerness
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Prior to being accepted into physical therapy (PT) school, I emailed APTA to inquire about obtaining an APTA membership.
I got an email back commending me for my eagerness but letting me know I had to start PT school first.
As soon as I could, I attended my first Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). I was so excited and eager that I arrived early to pick up my badge and to scope out the convention center, with the list of sessions I planned to attend (yes, I am that person).
I soon learned that #PTFam is more than just a hashtag, as it was great to meet other physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students with similar experiences to my journey.
I also met physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who offered their advice and guidance; most of them are still great mentors of mine.
The following year, I spoke at CSM on the Leaders in Social Media panel that was hosted by the Private Practice Section. I was beyond excited to share my expertise about using social media and marketing within the physical therapy space. Getting involved with APTA early on as a student has served me well, whether it's expanding my information base, my national network, or an opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded people with a passion similar to mine.
I don't have one particular moment where I was struck by the necessity or value of our professional association, not because they don't exist, but because I have and continue to have so many. From the email I sent APTA prior to being an official physical therapy student to paying my first APTA dues, to attending conferences like CSM and NEXT and connecting with my #PTFam, we strategize about adding more value to our profession.
For me it's simple. I love my profession and I love my APTA.
Felicia Wenah, SPT. You can connect with Felicia on Twitter at @FeliciaWenah.
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