I Tripped and Fell in Love With APTA
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It sounds cliché, but I think I tripped and fell into love with APTA and this profession.
I joined APTA immediately after being admitted to the PTA program at Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina.
From there, I happened to make connections within the North Carolina (NC) Chapter, and was asked shortly thereafter to take a position as the NCPTA program delegate for my school.
This volunteer position led me to apply and receive a spot in one of the NCPTA Student Special Interest Groups on the Advocacy Committee. From there, I met and networked with many physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students and was encouraged to participate in various events, such as the NC Student Conclave and the Special Olympics-FUNfitness.
This is what I mean by tripping. Had I not joined APTA, would I have made those initial connections that led me to serve my profession and expand beyond my cohort?
As physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students, it's alarming how easy it is to get burnt out, feel overwhelmed, or stressed, or as if engagement and involvement is too much to fit into an already hefty schedule. In my experience, saying yes to these opportunities has opened doors that I previously didn't know existed and they have served as reminders of why I chose this profession and how excited I am to be part of it.
So now that I tripped, fell, and basked in my love for APTA and the profession it serves, I love knowing that I'm part of a professional community that encourages professionals as well as students to be part of advancing our profession at all levels. So whether you've yet to start school or you're about to graduate be open to those opportunities that come your way, you never know where they might take you.
Morgan Hrabovsky, SPTA, attends Fayetteville Technical Community College. You can connect with Morgan on Twitter at @MorganSPTA.
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