||Bryan Tachibana, SPT
The following candidate statement was written prior to Bryan's election as Director of Membership of the Student Assembly Board of Directors.
Get involved. Do it early and do it often.
While generic as a whole, this simple statement has turned into something I attempt to incorporate with my life. I have used this to find not only the information to help me succeed, but also the people to communicate along the way. My goal in joining the Student Assembly is getting students involved early, even before the first day of class begins, as well as preparing for life after physical therapy school. I want to help hone a student's passion for whatever field they desire by connecting them with the right information. By using the vast variety of methods the Student Assembly has utilized already, including the Reach100 Student Membership, The Loop Communication Network, and other outside sources such as PT Pub Night, to individualize the experience for students to gain opportunities and encourage the spread of information. My experiences in the past with athletic training, Massachusetts's Student Special Interest Group (SSIG), and the Project Committee for the National Student Conclave helped prepare me for the Student Assembly Board of Directors Director of Membership position.
The athletic training profession provided me the first involvement opportunities. I represented the student voice at my university, on the state level, and lastly on a regional scale. With these positions, a major at a university was changed, the largest attended student conference was enhanced, and new student organizations were created. The new major allowed for enhancement in education for the students, the conference was able to foster more relationships with a newly developed Student Night, and the organizations created allowed for more leadership involvement at the school and the state of Florida, similar to Student Special Interest Groups. Working with the Massachusetts SSIG, we have developed academic programs for students to attend and created social events for students to meet outside of the classroom. Lastly, the NSC Project Committee is allowing me the opportunity to converse with peers about how to improve and make a better NSC.
A quotation that I learned on a retreat in high school was from Lao Tzu saying, "A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves." This speaks to what I want to provide to the Student Assembly. This is what I want students to say at the end of the day, because nothing is more empowering than allowing a person to make their own choice. I want to maximize the reach and tools that the Student Assembly has, in order to present opportunities for students. As the next wave of physical therapists, and more to come after us, the tone must be set and the road must be solidly laid for success now and in the future.