For this edition of advisors’ corner, I’m taking a slight departure from our "Ask the Expert" column because with the end of the summer comes the end of my term as the national SAA Advisor. As I pass on the torch to Steven Madix, I’d love to take a moment to thank everyone who has helped make my experience so amazing. To the students, SAA Board members and local SAA chapter members, you inspired me on a daily basis to do more and to strive for more. To Rachael Sifuentes, Associate Director of SAA and Volunteer Engagement, you made the last 3 years manageable and possible. You keep the SAA running and are greatly appreciated! To Virginia Ramachandran, AAA Liaison to the SAA, you are, in large part, the reason that I had the confidence to apply to become the national SAA advisor. You have been an awesome mentor and friend and I appreciate the guidance that you gave me over the last 3 years! To the local SAA advisors, thank you for doing what you’re doing. The mentorship and guidance you provide to your students will leave a lasting impression on them and for that, I am thankful!
And with that, back to our "Ask the Expert" column for this edition…with a twist!
This edition’s expert is…ME!
Q: What is your advice to future audiologists about getting involved with their professional organizations?
A: Get involved and stay involved. As a professional, it is part of your professional responsibility to volunteer time for your profession. Whether it’s as a local SAA advisor, a state or national committee member, running for a state or national board position, or even advocating for your profession at the state or local level, just get involved. The larger the group, the greater the effect so inspire others to get involved. But you must be involved to make an impact. Our profession needs you and your passion!