Friday, March 25, 2011

Snow Today, Sunshine Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a big day for a few Physical Education majors at SUNY Cortland as they board a plane to leave behind twenty degree weather and take off for the warm San Diego sun in California for the next 9 days. You might say to yourself, "spring break was last week so why would they go during a school week?" and the answer is, for the AAHPERD National Physical Education/Health Convention and Exposition. As teacher candidates we have grown to understand that it is those that seperate themselves from others in their profession that will have a better chance to become successful. With the desire and passion that my fellow teacher candidates and friends have towards making an impact in education I have all of the faith in the world that they will become who they aspire to be and make the changes they wish to see in this world. We are the next generation and we are on a mission to be the next best leaders and educators of the new era in Physical Education.

With 800 students in the SUNY Cortland Physical Education major my friends and I knew that we had to make ourselves stand out. We have joined together under the Alliance of Physical Education Majors (APEM) Club here at SUNY Cortland. Through this club we have participated in various activities and workshops to better others as well as ourselves. We have gained experience and practice through helping and teaching others. We attend meetings on a weekly basis to keep each other updated on current events, ways to advance the club, and to exchange new ideas and knowlegde that have been filtering through the major itself. We are committed to making a difference and the heart that we have for Physical Education drives us to become better teacher candidates every day.

When we heard about the National Convention we knew we had to get ourselves there no matter where it would be held. Much to our surprise it was being held on the other side of the United States, in San Diego, California. We were excited to go but afraid it would be too difficult to make the trip a reality. With proper planning and schedualing through the club, there is a group of us that have managed to book our flights and hotel room so that we could get there early for some touring and spend the entire week expanding our knowledge and networking in a beautiful city with very powerful leaders in Physical Education and Health.

Getting a job as a Physical Educator is not an easy task in today's economy but there are many things that you can do to separate yourself from the rest of your fellow majors. Don't wait another moment and get involved with as much as you can handle. My advice to younger majors would be to go above and beyond. Grab some friends and set yourselves apart from everyone else. Become inspired and inspire others as you continue your journey through the number one Physical Education program in the Nation.

Next year the National Convention will be held on March 13, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts... will YOU be there?

To find out more about the 2011 National Convention please visit the following link:
Also stay tuned this week for updates from beautiful San Diego, California and the National Convention from my perspective!

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