This post is basically going to be all about the National Student Conclave. I recently attended and it was a wonderful experience. It was hosted in Rhode Island, so it was a little far away, but totally worth the long drive. Five Elon students attended it in total. A lot of really exciting things happened while we were there. I’m going to try and just talk about my top 5 favorite moments to keep things simplified.
- Educational break out sessions
- PT Day of Service
- Student Assembly Board of Directors
- Exhibit Hall
- PT Pub Nights
Educational Break Out Sessions
These were the lectures that were given by a plethora of different presenters. Each day you had an option of a few different lectures to go to. They covered a bunch of different topics. Everything from residency programs to travel PT to bridging the gap between orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation. This really allows for anyone who attends to get something valuable out of these lectures. They are my absolute favorite part of attending conferences. I have heard some amazing talks that got me thinking in ways that I wouldn’t normally. It is also topics that build on what you learn in class but go that one step further to truer and deeper understanding.
PT Day of Service
This was a real treat!!! It was on Oct. 12th and we all attended a build a hand event. This was so awesome to be a part of. We worked in small groups to build prosthetic hands for people without. They then send them to people with amputations who have been affected by land mines and other hazards in developing countries. The company that was hosting all shared some of their service stories and gave away a special bike for one of the patients that they work with in their clinics. It was a beautiful thing to see everyone come together to do good for others. It left me wanting to do more and trying to figure out a way to utilize being part of Elon to make this happen.
Student Assembly Board of Directors
This is the group that is behind setting up NSC. They are the direct connection between the students and the APTA. During NSC they hold their elections and being able to meet and talk with the candidates was a really great experience. It allows you to feel like you can really get to know who you are voting for and be more behind what they want to do with the association. You can see what is important to them and where their values lie. Also one of our own got elected to be on the Board! That was a true treat to see and be a part of such a big moment for her.
This is where all the loot is. Tons of schools, companies, sections, and a whole host of other people will set up in these exhibit halls. They are there to offer information and give away prizes. They usually have some type of candy, T-shirt, or other items that they give out. It’s super fun and can give you an opportunity to learn a lot about different aspects of the physical therapy profession. I talked to the company that I will have my first clinical at and got to ask them some questions and I now feel like I have a way better idea about who they are. This wouldn’t have been possible had I not gone to the NSC.
PT Pub Nights
Oh what fun! Seriously such a blast! These events are where you get to socialize with the other students in a more laid back less formal setting. It is usually a really fun time. A lot of really great connections get to be made at these events. It allows you to talk to people that have different interest than you, but are still part of the PT profession. It’s also a chance to just let loose with your peers and there’s generally a ton of laughter!
I can not say it enough: GO TO A CONFERENCE! You wont regret it! Budget it in at the beginning of the year! Trust me on this one.