Emily Hardie first became interested in Carthage when she was recruited to join the Carthage women’s track team. Visiting Carthage, seeing the facilities, and meeting the people solidified her desire to attend. “Walking along the sidewalk to breakfast and watching the sun rise over Lake Michigan made me know that Carthage is where I wanted to go,” she said. “Being awarded a Presidential Scholarship made those dreams a reality.”
Emily is now a part of the rigorous and selective Athletic Training Program. She loves that it requires students to work in the training room, providing valuable clinical experience and reinforcing the skills taught in the classroom. “I don’t know many majors where you have the ability to utilize what you learned in class in a practical setting in the same day.”
Emily was able to go on a J-Term study tour to Nicaragua to work in rural medical clinics, providing medical care to people who couldn’t otherwise be treated. She was also a part of the first Carthage group to ever climb Concepcion, an active volcano. “Those were honestly the best two weeks of my life. They did so much to change my view of the world and my view of humankind.”
“After graduation from Carthage, I plan to continue my education in a kinesiology program at a Division I university. I want to get my M.S. and hopefully Ph.D., so that I can become a college professor and make a difference by teaching courses in athletic training to others.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Multiple professors have had an impact on my life, but at the top of the list is Jacob Dinauer, the head athletic trainer at Carthage and a professor in the Athletic Training Program. Jake is a very knowledgeable athletic trainer. He keeps up with current research and is always looking for ways to improve his skills as an athletic trainer. His drive, love for athletic training, and practical approach to the field make him a great role model for all the students in the program.”
“Athletic Training is so time consuming that it makes it difficult to join in other activities. However, I am still able to stay involved in track and Pre-Health Club. I am also trying to get more involved in Carthage World Relief, a club that supports health care globally for those in need and raises money to fund a clean water project on Ometepe Island located in Nicaragua. I’m also a member of Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honors fraternity, and Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honors fraternity to recognize high achieving college freshmen.”
“My toughest class so far has been Anatomical Systems. It is a very detailed anatomy class that really challenged me to have good time management skills and learn everything in depth. Procrastinating on studying for tests until the night before was definitely not an option. The hardest part was the unit on identifying different cells on slides. As challenging as the material was, it was very interesting to learn, and is taught by a phenomenal professor.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“I have so many good memories from my time at Carthage. It is very hard to pick out some favorites. One moment that comes to mind was at the end of my freshman year. I was sitting in a lounge in Madrigrano with my friends singing songs, listening as one friend played her guitar, and talking about our futures. Playing sand volleyball outside at dusk, cheering on my teammates during track meets, playing pool tournaments, and chilling with friends at night are just a few.”
Favorite spot on campus
“I like to study in the Oaks, but the Student Union is definitely a favorite place to hang out. It has food options, and there are always people there. I always end up seeing someone I know and have impromptu conversations. There are also pool tables, which is a fun activity to do to take a break from studying.”
Biggest surprise so far
“Honestly my biggest surprise so far is my relationship. I began dating someone on the men’s track team my sophomore year. Now it’s not uncommon for someone to joke with us about a wedding. I did not come to college expecting to find a guy I could spend the rest of my life with.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“As an 8-year-old, I disliked science, so I would have been a little surprised with my major, and my biology minor. However, I have always wanted to do something where I would be able to help people, and I have always loved sports. I would have been very excited to know I’m on a path where I will be able to incorporate both aspects into my career!”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“I would say, go for it if it’s what you enjoy! It’s not easy and requires admission into the Athletic Training Program at the end of freshman year. However, with perseverance and effort, it can end up being a lot of fun. Unlike most majors, because of the application process, there are very few AT students, so you get to know everyone in your class really well. We are basically one big dysfunctional family. Stay on top of all your tests and always look for opportunities to improve yourself.”