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Pin Design Contest

Do you like pin trading at nationals? Do you enjoy graphic design? If you answered yes to both of these questions then you’re in luck! I’m incredibly excited to announce the first-ever PA-TSA pin design contest. Submissions for this contest will be open from November 8th, 2021 to December 20th, 2021. Rules for this contest can be found here.

Forming the Ultimate Team

By Rik Bhattacharyya

 

With the school year going ahead full steam, most chapters are starting to meet and beginning to
work on events. This year has been particularly interesting since many chapters have not met in-
person for a whole year. We can all agree that team building is very important and as we start
preparing for regionals, I’d like to share a few tips I have learned personally to forming a team that
both performs well during competitions but also has a tremendous amount of fun while preparing.

Member Chosen PA-Only Event Info

By James Coppersmith

On Writing Minutes

A guide to writing minutes for newly elected Secretaries. Includes a structured layout of minutes, a model example, and an analysis of that example.

What We've Learned From Remote Learning

Now that we have situated into the new school year and have access to in-person learning, it is important to reflect on what we have learned from our times on Zoom and our online conferences, and how we can use this to maximize our upcoming year. Last year, though the Pennsylvania TSA community did not get to gather together at Seven Springs, we managed to stay in school, compete in our events, and proudly represent ourselves as a delegation at our 2021 National Conference, even through a screen.

2021 President's Welcome

Greetings, PA-TSA! Over the past year, there have been many analogies used in an attempt to describe our world amidst a global pandemic. From a rollercoaster ride to the pineapple on pizza debate, these metaphors barely scrape the surface of everything that has happened during these ever changing times. But as guidelines are being lifted and the world is slowly shifting back to a new normal, I am choosing to think optimistically about the future.

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2021 Business Meeting Minutes

2021 Business Meeting Minutes
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Candidate Q&A

The 2021-2022 State Officer candidates answered questions sent in by PA-TSA members. The questions were asked by office. Here are their responses.
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NSP: Chapter Fundraising Assistance Initiative

Written by Phillip Gao. Blog graphic designed by Joey Beh. PA-TSA NSP Committee 2021.

Interview With The PA-TSA Committee Vice Chairs

As the state conference is approaching and committees are at the height of their work, I wanted to focus my blog post around state committees. I thought a unique way to do this would be through interviewing the vice chairs of the state committees. Being a vice chair is a great way to enhance your PA-TSA experience and make connections.

Second Virtual Chapter Representative Meeting

Hey PA-TSA! I am excited to announce that we will host our second Virtual Chapter Representative Meeting on March 21st, 2021, at 8pm. During this meeting, we will talk about the SOT’s initiatives, chapter fundraising, conferences, and more! We will also conclude the meeting with a SOT Q&A. Click here for the agenda.

 

Reflecting on a Year of Quarantine

I think we can all agree that this past year has been most unprecedented. Zoom went from being an unknown application to the main dominator of our days. It’s honestly crazy to think how quickly things have changed. Throughout the turmoil, TSA has been quick to adapt. In honor of the one year anniversary of being in quarantine, I thought I’d take a moment and reflect on some of the positives to come out of this situation in respect to TSA.

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Why Run for PA-TSA State Office?

Hey PA-TSA! I’m Arnav Dhingra, your current state Treasurer. Get ready, because Pennsylvania TSA State Officer applications are open now and due March 22, 2021! But why run for office? As a current state officer, I’d like to give some insight into what it’s like to be an officer and why you may want to run for a position.

Miracle Month Announcement

PA-TSA is excited to announce its month-long community service event, Miracle Month. Miracle Month is a way to promote community service and fundraising for the American Cancer Society over the month of March, with fun activities mixed in. This initiative was created as a means of promoting service and bringing the PA-TSA state delegation together during this time where chapters have been severely limited in their abilities to operate normally.

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How TSA Prepared Me for Virtual School

Hello PA-TSA members—

 

As you all know, this past year has been rather strange. From participating in virtual school and holding online TSA meetings to finding ways to keep ourselves fit since sports were canceled—has anyone else started running every week?—we have adapted to changing circumstances. Now, more than ever, I am trying to keep a positive attitude. After reflecting on my senior year thus far, I realized that my approach to online school is similar to my TSA events. Allow me to explain.

 

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NSP: What's the ACS and How Can You Help?

Written by Vraj Patel, Graphic designed by Michelle Hong. NSP Committee 2021.

February Survey

Hey PA-TSA,

Surveys and Polls are back, courtesy of the CAPC subcommittee! This month, we want to learn more about you, the members. Here, you will find a google form to fill out. This should only take a few minutes. 

At the beginning of March, responses will be posted anonymously on the PA-TSA social media platforms, so keep an eye out if you want to learn more about the members of PA-TSA. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Learning From Other States

The State Officer Team has held meetings with state officers from New Mexico and Texas TSA. Our goal was to learn about the numerous initiatives that these states pursue and to improve the experience of all PA-TSA members. We aimed to form relationships with other states and to bring back ideas to benefit the members of PA-TSA.

Quantum Supremacy

 

As 2020 finally comes to a close, many of us have been overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve been longing for improvements in the pandemic relief efforts, like better tests or a viable vaccine. However, in our focus, we have missed some amazing innovations in technology. The MIT Technology Review has created a list of 10 technological breakthroughs in 2020 that will change the way our society functions. One of those breakthroughs is “Quantum Supremacy”.

 

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Completing Events Virtually

Working with a team while understanding their strengths and weaknesses is already hard enough, not to mention doing it all virtually. Completing events this year serves as a new challenge: how to work as a cohesive team while remaining remote. Remote TSA work will come with a larger learning curve and will test the extent you’re determined. It will require organization, relatively frequent meetings, and deadlines to be enforced.

 

Crafting Your Team Dynamic

Now that the TSA season is fully up and running, I assume you may be finding yourself organizing teams and beginning your events. This is often a stressful time for members; everyone knows the feeling of wanting to work with all your friends and the best members of your chapter. While some teams may appear to have a better dynamic than others at the start of the season, there are plenty of ways to ensure that your team will work well together. Having a good team dynamic will make it much easier to produce quality event materials—and you’ll have more fun doing it! 

Procrastination: The Thief of Time

Procrastination. We’ve all done it. In fact, you’re probably procrastinating right now! Wait, don’t go! I promise reading this will be worth your valuable time. So, why do we procrastinate? Why do we constantly put off studying for tests, working on homework, and, in our case, working on TSA events? According to science, people procrastinate for many different reasons: fear of failure, feeling overwhelmed, and a lack of motivation.

 

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Running Your Chapter Virtually

You’ve probably already heard this a million times ever since March 13, 2020. But, I’m going to say it again: This year is unlike any other. 

It all started with that two-week break from school, which then turned into three weeks. A couple months. A quarantined summer. And now, for many of us, virtual school. Almost every part of our lives has been impacted by COVID-19—school, athletics, vacations, extracurriculars, and even seeing our friends in person. But how is TSA going to be different this year, and how can you be better equipped to lead your chapter?

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Everything You Need to Know About Committees

Are you a dedicated PA-TSA member? Do you want to become more involved at the State level? If you answered YES, then please consider applying for a State committee.

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