Brett Taylor

Class Year



Grayslake, Ill.


Athletic Training


Biology, Chemistry

Brett Taylor knew he wanted to go into athletic training after working as a student athletic trainer at his high school. He was drawn to Carthage’s AT program because of its small class sizes, one-on-one interaction with professors, and the opportunity to get to know the athletes as a freshman.

His favorite hands-on clinical experience happened last summer.

“I worked for the Chicago Bears athletic training staff over the summer,” he says. “I also will be working with them again for this coming summer. During the summer I would tape, administer modalities, assist with rehab, and water. I got to travel to Denver and Buffalo for their games and I worked on the sidelines for their home games. This, by far, has been the best AT experience I’ve had.”

Through Carthage, he has had many opportunities other than working with the Bears.

“I have been able to get to know my professors very well on a personal level, and I am going to Nicaragua for a J-Term this January,” he said.

“Each of my professors has a different teaching style that I like. All my professors are awesome!”

Brett Taylor, ’11

Career goal

Work as an athletic trainer in the NFL, or work as a physician’s assistant.

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“I can’t really pick. Each of my professors has a different teaching style that I like. All my professors are awesome!”

Favorite class

“Clinical Skills I. This is my favorite so far because there is a lot of hands-on learning and also, this is when we learn the bulk of our evaluation process.”

Toughest class

“Introduction to Athletic Training. The class was not hard, but there was so much stuff to make sure I got done. It took a lot of time and effort to make sure I accomplished what I needed to.”

Favorite spot on campus

“Athletic training room.”

Biggest surprise so far

“How fast these 2 1/2 years have gone by.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Get into the athletic training room (ATR). Don’t be a stranger. The more time you spend in the ATR, the more you learn and the better off you will be.”