William DeCraene

Class Year



Lisle, Ill.


Athletic Training



William DeCraene knew he wanted to be an athletic trainer after shadowing his high school’s athletic trainer. “I never get bored of this major,” he said. “There’s always something to learn or practice, and it keeps you awake and ready to go.”

William was drawn to Carthage because of its top-ranking Athletic Training Program, as well as his ability to play baseball at the same time. An even bigger bonus? “Carthage has had a 100 percent success rate for passing the athletic training certification exam the past couple years. I know I’ll be coming out of school ready for the test.” 

“I never get bored of this major. There’s always something to learn or practice, and it keeps you awake and ready to go.”

William DeCraene, ’15

Career goal

“I’m hoping to be an athletic trainer for a bigger college or sports team.”

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

“As much as it’s been a difficult class every time I’ve had her, I think I’ve learned the most from Laurie Jensen. Outside of my major, Prof. Annette Duncan from the Western Heritage Program would be my favorite. I had her twice, and I learned a lot about writing and analyzing.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class so far has been Principles of Athletic Training. I got to learn a lot more hands-on material that I’ve been able to apply this year to the clinical rotations, such as evaluating injuries and taping techniques for multiple injury preventions. It’s really cool to be able to contribute to the athletes here and be the one helping them get back in the game.” 

Campus involvement

“I was involved in the Meditation Club for a year, and I also play baseball. Hopefully once it’s approved, I will also be a part of the Athletic Training Club.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class was probably Understandings of Religion my freshman year. It was a little bit of a wake-up call for me after high school classes. It took a lot of effort to read and pay attention.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moment so far was finishing my first college final my freshman year. It was fun being able to do that, and I really started considering myself a college student at that point. It was just a great feeling to get through the first semester, and I was looking forward to the next one!”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot is my room. I lived in the dorms my first two years, and I live in the Oaks now. Leaving your door open or walking through the halls helps you meet so many people. That’s exciting in itself. It’s a ton of fun to chill and be around a bunch of your friends. It’s where I’ve spent most of my time, so it’s just a part of my experience here. It’s easy to make it a part of you with how you arrange it or decorate it.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I think the biggest surprise is how many people are here that you can get to know. It’s also pretty diverse, so you can meet a ton of people you normally wouldn’t at home. Coming to college, I figured I’d be a fly on the wall, but I know so many more people than I thought. Even professors from my freshman year will say hello to me when we cross paths, which shows you that they care.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“My 8-year-old self would be extremely surprised. When I was 8, I thought I was going to be an architect and build some big skyscrapers. My career path has changed quite a bit!” 

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

“It’s a lot of work. It’s not easy, but it’s so much fun. It’s definitely worth the trip. All the upperclassmen are extremely nice, so don’t be afraid to come ask any one of us for help with classes. Even the professors will take time to help. Stick with it when it gets tough. You’ll be surprised at how well you can handle it.”