APTA: A Nurturing Environment
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I fell in love with APTA the moment that I realized I did not have to be a practicing clinician to enhance my professionalism or contribute innovation to the profession.
There’s more to being a physical therapist than mastery of lab values, assessments, and mobility techniques.
The nurturing I received during matriculation encouraged involvement in a professional organization. Not just as a resume filler, but truly as a one-of-a-kind experience outside the confines of the graduate school classroom.
From my very first National Student Conclave in Louisville, Kentucky, to the many conferences that followed, I awkwardly explored the exhibit hall, stumbled upon random but informative sessions, and met students from programs across the nation.
These students and I would connect over the many frustrations with coursework, but more importantly, we’d foster priceless relationships and networking by sharing our common bonds. I happily abandoned the comfort of familiar faces from my program, in search of other students who were hungry to step outside their comfort zone, who were in search of a greater calling: one for advocacy and the desire to put this profession on the map!
Over and over again, I saw APTA envelop its students and members in a nurturing environment that welcomed newcomers. That creative tension and prosperous environment helped me to propel myself forward in my leadership, becoming a seasoned advocate for the profession before I even had an inkling for the board exam.
Participation in APTA is not simply a resume filler. APTA is a learning organization, one that proposes its vision and allows for an environment conducive to being open and sharing your suggestions.
It was an opportunity of a lifetime to ultimately act as an integral part of APTA in serving on APTA’s Student Assembly Board of Directors, 2015-2016. I truly thrived in servant leadership, and that experience has helped me to never abandon my curiosity and to always look forward. I love this organization, and I know it loves me! Thank you, APTA!
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.
Alexia-Rae Reed, PT, DPT, is a #FreshPT in Texas. You can connect with Alexia-Rae on Twitter at @stingraefit.