By: Courtney Garcia, TSHA Graduate Student Representative
I wanted to write to you about my incredible experience at TSHA Convention! I hope that this will encourage you to attend TSHA Convention in 2018.
I arrived on Wednesday afternoon and was eager to have an adventure in Austin, Texas. Convention was the perfect excuse to explore a city that has always intrigued me. Throughout my time in Austin, I was able to taste the amazing food, explore the city, and meet the wonderful people. I am thankful that Convention gave me the opportunity to explore a new Texas city.
TSHA Convention was more helpful for me as a student than I could have ever imagined. I was excited to attend all of the presentations throughout Convention that were geared toward students. Some of these talks included information about resume writing and interviewing, how to survive and excel in graduate school, what to expect in job settings, a survival guide for off-campus site placements, and a graduate student guide to professionalism and conflict resolution. These talks were so insightful and really provided myself and other students with the information needed to strive as a student and young professional.
Convention provided the opportunity for undergraduate students to visit with staff of graduate programs and for undergraduate and graduate students to interview for jobs. These networking opportunities helped to boost future academic and clinical careers for both graduate and undergraduate students.
The Praxis Bowl was a blast. Students waited outside the door, wearing their university colors and chanting with school spirit. The doors opened, and students rushed inside to claim their space at the Praxis Bowl. Check out the TSHA Instagram for the video of students rushing into the ballroom. Students chanted for their teams as their peers answered Praxis-like questions to earn points in hopes of winning the Bowl. The food was delicious, and the games were entertaining.
Finally, we were given the opportunity to visit the Capitol and speak with our Representatives and Senators about legal issues that are affecting or will affect speech-language pathology and audiology. I loved explaining the concerns of our professions to the Representatives and Senators. They loved hearing the students’ perspectives and really valued our opinions.
TSHA Convention was awesome, and the networking opportunities were invaluable. I strongly encourage all students to attend the 2018 Convention in Houston. Send any questions or suggestions to email@example.com. We would love to hear from you.