The following candidate statement was written prior to Keaton's election to the nominating committee of the Student Assembly Board of Directors.
In the wise words of Steve Jobs, "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do." If nothing else, I hope that one day people will look back on my life and say, "Wow, she really was crazy…but it worked!"
This past year serving as secretary on the Student Assembly Board of Directors has been a whirlwind. I've experienced moments of complete, butterfly-stirring inspiration. I’ve also had moments when I wanted to throw up my hands and never answer another e-mail. But above everything else, I've discovered an unrelenting passion to lead this profession through some of its most crucial times in history.
As your Student Assembly Nominating Committee member, my focus will be placed on creating an environment that allows students to be actively engaged in their areas of interest and supported through the many transitional periods that lie ahead. I plan to implement and improve upon mentorship programs, serve as an advocate at the federal and state level, and continue to build upon the Loop Communication Network. With a well-informed and passionate Student Assembly, the upcoming generation of physical therapists can have a substantial impact on the health of our nation.
In just 1 year, I have seen the future of physical therapy make exponential progress towards achieving Vision 2020 priorities. Almost 7 years ahead of schedule, we are now focusing our reach beyond Vision 2020 with the implementation of the new APTA vision statement. To maintain this momentum, your Student Assembly leadership needs to help mold a generation of physical therapists who are consistently inspired to get involved and make a difference. Our generation will see drastic changes in the way we practice and, thus, the Student Assembly should be the most actively involved in bettering the future for our patients and ourselves.
My time serving on the 2012-2013 SABoD has taught me that it is never acceptable to settle, and that no idea is too far-fetched or high-aspiring. I understand the collaborative and tireless effort it takes to make change in today's world and I am confident that I possess the leadership skills it takes to lead the way.
It would be an honor to serve as your Student Assembly Nominating Committee member and continue to make an impact on the profession that keeps me waking up excited every morning!
"Never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person. "
–Richard Buckminster Fuller