Students across the nation have heard a teacher, advisor,
principal or maybe even their parent tell them “find
something to get involved in over the course of your high
school career.” HOSA-Future Health Professionals was
what I decided to dive head first into my ninth grade year
and I haven’t stopped yet. I have always known since an
early age the health industry would be my chosen career
pathway and HOSA not only confirmed that for me, it
also strengthened my desire to work that much harder to
achieve my career aspirations.
Ninth grade year (I refer to this as the dark ages) started
my HOSA career, and I immediately knew that I wanted to
not only be a member but also a chapter officer. My year as
a chapter officer eventually led me into becoming a state
officer as I felt I could offer something new to Georgia’s
State Executive Council. My year as a state officer was the
best year of my high school career and I am so incredibly
happy that I jumped at the opportunity to apply for state
office. HOSA is here to provide students with resources that
can help to further their career aspirations and goals and
that is exactly what HOSA has done for me… among other
things. Networking with thousands of students from across
the state along with the state’s leading health professionals
has accounted for a multitude of conversations that have
steered me to where I am today.
I have moved into the alumni membership with HOSA,
but that doesn’t mean HOSA can’t offer alumni members
anything and that alumni can’t give anything back. Alumni
status has provided me with new opportunities to finally
give back to the organization that has given so much to me.
Conferences and events are the biggest ways in which I
am able to give back and even then HOSA is still helping
me. Volunteering at conferences as a staff member has
allowed me to organize symposiums for members which
have boosted my skills as a leader and public speaker.
Organizing these symposiums has also allowed me to
influence and give advice to not only Georgia’s but quite
possibly the nation’s next leading health professionals.
Another way in which I am able to give back to HOSA
is through Georgia HOSA’s Presentation Team, a unit
within Georgia HOSA that is responsible for presenting
and representing the state association as we move from
chapter to chapter across the state to spread the mission
and objectives of HOSA.
These are the opportunities that HOSA has provided to
me thus far, but who knows….. ten years from now I could
be on the opposite side of exhibitor tables speaking to
students on how HOSA got me to my healthcare career.
Nonetheless, HOSA has been a part of my life for just over
five years and I am thankful for every second. So if you
are reading this article and haven’t joined this amazing
organization, what are you waiting for? And if you’re a past
member that hasn’t become official alumnus, this article is
for you. HOSA doesn’t just end at the secondary education
level or even the postsecondary level. Stay involved and
give back to an organization that provides students across
the world what they need in order to succeed in the health
I promise you will never regret it.
by Trent Wilson, Georgia HOSA