Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts & Notre Dame High School, Chattanooga, TN
B.A., College Scholars with an Emphasis in Healthcare Economics and Policy, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Ph.D. student, Healthcare Policy and Research; M.D. student; Virginia Commonwealth University
What advice do you have for current TSA student members?
TSA's single greatest asset has always been (and will always be) its incredible membership. So my advice? Take advantage of it! Many of my closest friends to this day are the ones that I met during my time in TSA—dating back to when I was in 6th grade. These peers, along with the mentors and advisors, have been absolutely invaluable to my development as a person and I can't overstate the positive impact they've had on my life.
I held officer roles at the local, state, and national levels, and while you may focus on aspects such as leadership and competitions, take the time to get to know the folks in your chapter, strike up a conversation with someone at your state conference, or make memories with someone who lives on the other side of the country while at nationals. I will forever remember the people and experiences that contributed to my time in the organization.
Also, thank your parents/advisors/mentors who are helping you throughout your TSA journey. The full extent of their sacrifice is often not seen; finding ways to acknowledge their commitment can be spectacularly meaningful and lead to deeper connections and an even richer TSA experience.