The Future of TSA

Lisa Gardner's picture

        When I think about the future of TSA what comes to mind are the past memories I’ve created here. I remember this past year’s Nationals in Orlando when I rewarded myself, with an extra large Haagen Daz ice cream, after completing my events (only to not be able to finish it). Everyone has memories of official rules misinterpretations, frantic event tune-ups before check-ins, and helpful advice from other advisors in the Seven Springs work out room (maybe that last one was just me). These memories define our TSA experiences, and these moments are defined by the people we shared them with.
        That being said, the only logical conclusion I can come to is that the future of TSA depends on its members. We are true TSA-ers - the people who make and experience these memories first-hand and learn to love TSA. We’re the people with the capability to take that passion and act on it in order to make TSA a better experience. Take Ms. Lauren Lapinski who started her TSA career in Quakertown. While in TSA, she used her leadership skills to serve as our PA-TSA State President (1998-1999). After TSA, she returned to take up another leadership position as our State Conference Director. In addition to her hard work as technology education teacher and TSA advisor, she spends time improving TSA and fostering passion in her students. One of her former students, Rachel Newell, recently started California TSA while still in college. Imagine if every TSA member had that same drive to expand TSA. We’d be in high schools (and possibly colleges) all over the globe. Lapinski and Newell’s continued dedication to TSA stems from the fun memories and valuable skills they gained here.
        Another, equally as important, way to improve TSA’s future is to utilize the skills we’ve gained here to promote TSA. All that personal interviewing, public speaking, poster making - it all comes into play now. So use those skills, get those jobs, and talk about TSA. The more we talk about TSA, the more it benefits both us and the next generation of TSA members. So get talking!
        This generation has seen some of the greatest innovators (and school dropouts) of all time: Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs among others. But imagine the potential they would have if they had the opportunity to do TSA. They could’ve kindled their technological aptitude in events like Webmaster or On Demand Video. Who knows what else they could have produced. As the next generation of these inventors, we’ve got a lot of work to do expanding medicine, education, agriculture, business, and much more, but we’ve also got to open the doors to the next line of inventors.
        TSA was created to encourage the movement of and expansion of technology education for the next generation. It’s our pleasure and obligation to deliver those bright experiences to future TSA members. No one can predict the future, but I can say that with TSA-ers at the head, students everywhere will have the opportunity to continue learning to live in a technical world. And as that technological world continues to exponentially advance, we can only hope that with its members’ support that TSA drives the forefront of innovation.