Getting Involved During PT School
This past week, the faculty held a "meet and greet" for our class to officially welcome us to the program. As these first few weeks of school have revolved solely around studying for anatomy, it was refreshing to gain a new perspective on the program as a whole. We have the opportunity to get involved as officers and representatives at various levels, which of course seemed like a great idea when I was listening to the head of the department speak about these positions. Each provides an excellent opportunity to form professional and personal relationships with our faculty and other respected therapists, as well as to contribute to the growth of our field. However, when I left and subsequently realized how much work I had to do, the thought getting involved in any extracurricular activity seemed less appealing.
I can't decide what to do. I am so used to being highly connected to everything I am part of, and I fear if I do not consider one of these positions that I will be missing out on a great opportunity. At the same time, I fear that by adding extra obligations I will be setting myself up for failure. (Not to mention, I would like to maintain some semblance of a social life). Does this sort of involvement make a great difference? Is or has anyone been in a similar situation? I would be interested to hear some perspectives about whether or not the added responsibilities are worth it.