The 2020 HOD Student Mentorship Program took place as a virtual meeting. Three respiratory care students were chosen by the AARC Student Mentorship Program Committee. Each attendee provided a few statements about how the experience with HOD Student Mentorship Program impacted her.
Genie Castellino, BSRC, RRT
Master of Science Respiratory Care Program, Texas State University
I am honored to have been chosen to be a part of this experience. I really appreciate all the of hard work and dedication that it takes to be involved in the AARC. I am thankful for the dedicated people that have chosen to help elevate our profession and this has become an inspiration for me to become involved in the organization. I do hope that more respiratory therapists do realize just how important the AARC and TSRC is to our profession. I have been a member of both organizations but did not realize what all happens behind the scenes. Again, thank you for letting me be a part of this wonderful experience and helping me along the way.
Senior in the Respiratory Program at MSU – Texas, Wichita Falls, Texas
I am honored that I got to be a part of the AARC’s House of Delegates as a Student Leader. I really enjoyed everyone, and they were so friendly. I learned a lot about what it means to be a Respiratory Therapist and how to advocate for them. The meetings were very formal, but entertaining and informational. I got a lot of great advice from different people, which I am grateful for. Thank you for this opportunity and I am looking forward to continuing to be a part of this amazing group.
Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Program, University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston
My name is Hareem Ali, and I am a student at UTMB Galveston chosen to attend the 2020 AARC Virtual Congress. The Congress has been a wonderful chance to meet the state Delegates and other members of the AARC, as well as to gain connections and resources that we can use in the future as practicing respiratory therapists. Our professors have always stressed the importance of the AARC and our involvement in the organization, and by participating in this year’s Winter HOD Meeting, we were able to meet the people directly responsible for the advancement of respiratory care. The events were very informative, and everyone involved made an effort to include the participating students in all proceedings. I greatly enjoyed my time as part of the Congress, and I look forward to learning from and working alongside the members of the AARC and the respiratory care community.