APTA Has Helped Me Grow
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Throughout my undergraduate studies, I had always been on the quieter side and stuck to what I knew, which was track and field, community service, and focusing on my academics.
I didn't run for leadership positions or get involved in new things due to a lack in self-confidence and fear of failure.
When I began physical therapy school at the University of Connecticut, I wanted to get outside of my comfort zone and break out of my space.
The main reason I wanted to do this was because I wanted to positively impact the future of the profession that I was so passionate about.
During the fall semester, I was told by a fellow student that I should attend the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA's) National Student Conclave (NSC) and see everything that APTA has to offer.
I thought that this was a great start to the new, improved, and confident me that I was working on.
Attending NSC 2018 pulled me in, got me engaged, and inspired me to go after anything that I was passionate about pursuing.
I remember thinking, “This is where I belong” and feeling like I found “my people” and family—#PTFam, that is.
It was at NSC and thereafter that I fell in love with everything that our professional association has to offer, whether it is leadership opportunities, community service, advocacy, and even resources to help me improve my physical therapy skills outside of the classroom.
I'm so grateful for my introduction to APTA, and since NSC 2018 my involvement and connection to APTA has increased. This experience has not only helped me grow professionally, but personally as well.
Because of my APTA involvement, today I am more confident, I've made lifelong friends and connected with future colleagues, and had many positive, impactful experiences that I will never forget.
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.
Hannah Cook, SPT, is a student at the University of Connecticut. You can connect with Hannah on Twitter at @hannahcookspt.