The following candidate statement was written prior to Alexis's election as director of communications for the Student Assembly Board of Directors.
"Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."
Transforming, optimizing, improving. These three key verbs within our vision statement define what we do as students, lifelong learners, and future health care providers. My hope is that as student physical therapists, we not only transform society, but we also revolutionize ourselves. I believe before we optimize movement, we must revamp ourselves. In order to improve the human experience, we must humbly reflect on our own. This is what being a student is fundamentally about: changing yourself in order to change others.
While in office as Director of Communications, I hope to achieve several goals for the betterment of all APTA student members. First and foremost, I will consistently and professionally represent the Board of Directors, Student Assembly, and APTA in all forms of communication. Additionally, I will serve as an approachable point of contact for board members and students alike. Maintaining organization is crucial to communication, transparency, and collaboration; therefore, all Student Assembly members stand to benefit from an incredible Board of Directors via a Director of Communications who will effectively organize and disperse information, opportunities, and resources.
Running for a position within the Student Assembly is monumental. There are tremendous opportunities to learn about the APTA, advance our profession, and meet phenomenal students, clinicians, legislators, and researchers. Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, "I'm not the smartest person in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues." Agreeably, I am getting involved with the Student Assembly's Board of Directors because I desire to be surrounded by "smart colleagues" nationwide. Thousands of intelligent, compassionate, devoted students gather every year at APTA's conferences across the country. I want to meet you! I want to learn from you, hear from you, and be challenged by you. After all, the best way to transform, optimize, and improve yourself is to surround yourself with those who have the ability to offer self-improvement and personal development.
As audacious student physical therapists, we are gifted with undergoing change within ourselves and witnessing astounding change within our patients. Our dynamic profession of physical therapy is changing, and we must keep up the pace. Motivated and inspired by PTs before us, we will transform our logic; joined with colleagues, we will optimize our own strengths; and challenged by today's circumstances, we will improve physical therapy.