Exercise and Sport Science
Tyler Prochnow originally came to Carthage as a math major and secondary education minor. However, he was always interested in coaching. Now as an Exercise and Sport Science major, Tyler is working towards either being a strength and conditioning coach or a college professor and advisor.
“I love working with people and helping them reach their goals,” Tyler said. “Being around people energizes me. Seeing that look on their face when they finally get a topic or make progress toward a goal is incredible.”
“The classes and extracurriculars here at Carthage have given me the knowledge and confidence to make my own opportunities after Carthage.”
“I plan to go to graduate school and get my master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science. I either want to be a strength and conditioning coach or a college professor and advisor.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“My favorite teacher would have to be Cynthia Allen. Prof. Allen challenges you to think through things. She has helped me be prepared to start my career.”
“Another hard one to choose, but I would have to say Photography. I know that coming from an EXSS major it might seem odd, but it challenged a different side of me. If I didn’t take a fine arts class I wouldn’t have been as well-rounded as I could have been.”
“Currently I am a member of Delta Upsilon and am President and founder of Future Fitness Professionals. I participated in track and football for two years, as well as being a Student Ambassador for two years. I am an SI for the EXSS Department as well as a personal trainer in the Semler Fitness Center. I participated in the Character Quest Program and am now their Ucoach Program.”
“Physiology or Kinesiology would have been my toughest classes. They were my toughest, but also the classes I learned the most from. I will be using the principles I learned there each day for the rest of my life.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“I received the opportunity to do an internship after my sophomore year with XL Athletic Performance in Green Bay, Wis. It was certainly an eye-opening experience considering the other interns had already graduated. I also had an internship with Athletic Republic during my junior year.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“Carthage has provided me with so many more opportunities than I could ever imagine. I’ve had the opportunity to have two internships and two jobs in my career field. I have been able to spend time in Guatemala studying. The classes and extracurriculars here at Carthage have given me the knowledge and confidence to make my own opportunities after Carthage.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“There are too many moments to pick just one. I wouldn’t trade all of the times spent with friends for anything.”
Favorite spot on campus
“Considering I pretty much live in the TARC, I should pick there, but I will really miss Einstein’s. I love going there, studying with friends, or just grabbing something to eat.”
Biggest surprise so far
“The people here at Carthage have been the biggest surprise. I never thought I would meet so many great people. The relationships I have made here is the one thing I will never forget.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“Being involved in athletics from a young age, I think ‘little me’ would be excited. He might have been disappointed that I’m not a professional football player, but I think we’ll manage.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Get involved! Be active, and look for opportunity. Classroom work is great, but you need to learn how to apply it in the real world.”