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2017 APTA HoD Student Experience
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All three! In two words, that’s how I would describe my trip to the APTA House of Delegates in Boston, Massachusetts. I got to: 1. Participate with the FPTA in their objectives 2. Experience and absorb the “business” side of the APTA 3. Have fun! Participating with the FPTA in their incredibly organized caucus meetings gave me a true understanding of what policies were going to be on the floor and the pros and cons of each. I was thoroughly impressed with how prepared the FPTA was, how they explained each policy, and was even able to teach and discuss with other students what I had learned. This was the first time I had been in the audience for the House of Delegates and seeing how it was organized. I learned about Robert’s rules and proper procedure, as well as see how fast a policy can change behind closed doors before it hits the floor for voting. It wasn’t quite House of Cards, but it occasionally felt like it. Last but not least, it was so much fun! I’ll never forget running around with the entire FTA during the delegation break, dressed as various Disney characters and marketing the Orlando NEXT 2018 conference. Exploring the Boston sites and enjoying good food with the FPTA was also remarkable. It was all a rush and a great experience, and I am quite excited to continue to be a part of the Florida delegates and their great work. Thank you FPTA!

Submitted by Josh Elam, SPT - immediate past-char of the Florida Student Special Interest Group and recipient of the Steven Levine APTA HoD Student Grant.

Josh is pictured left with the other grant recipients - from top left, moving clockwise: Josh Elam, Chris Chisler, Ana Guzman, Erica Parazo

Pictured below is the announcement of the 2018 NEXT Conference being held in Orlando.

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