State Officer Blog: STATES! When’s that?

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STATES! When’s that?

By: Elliot Ginzburg

As we spiral into the first weeks of March, it is quite clear that the State Conference “grind” is upon us. Before I go into the reasons on why you should be overjoyed to be in Seven Springs in just over a month, I want to commend all of you on an outstanding performance at your respective Regional Conferences. Whether you found great success in one event or struggled in another, the experience that you have gained at this year’s first competition will serve only as a helping tool for the rest of this year. The State Conference is the time for you to not only prove that you have improved since your Regional Conference, but also to demonstrate what you hope to garner this year through TSA. After reading this short post, I hope that you will be as excited as I am for the 42nd State Conference!

First and foremost, breaks are always important to take after Regionals. I hope that all you all were able to take a short hiatus from your events after your Regional Conferences. I certainly seized the opportunity of this short period of no TSA activities to catch up on various school work that I had neglected to do and to get back into the pool. Being able to catch up on these two important tasks proved immeasurable as I readied myself for the busiest time of the year: preparing for States. Although this break may seem like the perfect thing to do after working tirelessly for Regionals, you don’t want to fall into what my brother used to call the “honeymoon period.” If you haven’t already started, it’s time to get back to your events and stop this contagious thing we call procrastination.

The State Conference is exciting because it is the first time all year that we are able to compete against schools from across the state. This added level of competition may not always serve in your favor if you do not put the work in to prepare. Even if you believe that you did well at Regionals, don’t forget about the nine Regions that encompass PA-TSA. Students from those areas may have also placed well in the same competitions as you. The key to fairing well against your competition at States is putting the time into perfecting your events. The more time you put into all of your events will correlate to higher placements at States. As long as you don’t procrastinate too much, I think you will be pleased with your results come April 18th.

To conclude my “get excited for States” blog post, I want to share with you the many fun things that you can expect when you are not competing in your events. The Conference Sessions and Activities Committee has been working tirelessly to implement over ten special interest sessions for you all. This year marks the return of the Minecraft interest session along with the revamping of the popular Trivia Night. For all of the seniors out there, I recommend that you get excited for the first ever Senior Night!

This year’s State Conference will surely be one to remember and I look forward to seeing you all there. If you at any point have any questions as you prepare for States, please reach out to me and I’d be more than happy to help!

Sincerely,

Elliot Ginzburg 

PA-TSA Sergeant-At-Arms