Dexter Molinaro

Class Year

’17

Hometown

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Major(s)

Athletic Training

Dexter Molinaro ’17 had heard nothing but great things from former students in the Athletic Training Program at Carthage, which is what influenced his decision to attend Carthage. “I wanted to make sure I was getting a quality education, along with an abundance of clinical/hands-on experience, so I chose Carthage College,” he said.

He further stated that the Athletic Training Program at Carthage is unlike any other program offered here. 

“If you are anything like me, and cannot see yourself working 9 to 5 or sitting behind a desk all day, and you love working with your hands and critical thinking skills, this is the major for you. Carthage ATEP is truly one of the best programs in the state, and that is no exaggeration. I have heard and seen other students at other universities around Wisconsin, and I have been told what their programs are like and I must say, it does not sound appealing.

“In this major, there is something new every day, and you never know what kind of injury you will get dealt. Almost every athlete who walks into our clinic is a puzzle, and our job as practicing clinicians is to put the pieces together. When you finally do, it is an indescribable feeling.”

“Carthage ATEP is truly one of the best programs in the state, and that is no exaggeration. In this major, there is something new every day, and you never know what kind of injury you will get dealt. Almost every athlete who walks into our clinic is a puzzle, and our job as practicing clinicians is to put the pieces together. When you finally do, it is an indescribable feeling.”

Dexter Molinaro, ’17

Career goal

“Upon graduation, I plan on attending graduate school in hopes of obtaining my master’s degree in exercise physiology or sports medicine. I am not quite sure what school I would like to attend, but hopefully somewhere warm!”

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

Laurie Jensen has been a huge role model to me and I have looked up to her since day one of being at Carthage. She and I have always had a very respectful and mature relationship. I look at Laurie as a motherly figure in my life here at Carthage. She really has had a major impact on my life as a student, and as a person.

“Another professor for whom I have nothing but respect is Jake Dinauer. Jake is someone who I strive to be like one day. He exudes a sense of confidence in himself and his abilities as an ATC and professor that I find very appealing. Jake has taught me so much, and I am forever in his debt for the time and patience he has shown me in my short time here at Carthage. No matter what happens in my life, I feel as if I could go to Jake and he would take the time to listen to me and help me with whatever I am struggling with. Jake has made such an impact on my life and I am blessed to have met him.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage would have to be my J-Term class. I was involved in the medical trip to Nicaragua this past January, and it changed my life. It gave me a whole new outlook on life and what I deemed important in it. I learned that the culture we live in is so spoiled and high maintenance, that we lose sight of the simplistic aspects of living. We take for granted the small things, and we feel as if we are entitled to them, when in reality we’re privileged to have them. Seeing how that part of the world lives on a day-to-day basis, and seeing how they interact with the little that they have, has touched my heart and changed my outlook on life.”

Campus involvement

“I belong to the Athletic Training Club here on campus.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class at Carthage so far would have to be Principles of Athletic Training (ATH 2190). I was a transfer student and I was thrown into the class along with Structural Kinesiology (ATH 2080) at the same time. Typically, Structural Kinesiology is taken prior to this class, but my situation was a little different. I was under the knife and placed with a tremendous weight on my shoulders, but I made it through with a B in both classes, and it has taught me a lot about myself.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moment at Carthage would have to be when I was accepted into the Athletic Training Program. I remember how hard I worked and how much effort I put into studying so when I finally received acceptance, I was filled with joy and excitement that my hard work finally paid off.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus would have to be in the new Science Center. Anywhere in that building is simply amazing. I love it!”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise so far is how fast my time here at Carthage has gone. We are so busy with class and work and event coverage in the ATEP, that time just flies by.”

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

“There is no way my 8-year-old self would have thought I would be doing what I am doing. I would have told you I was going to be a basketball player or gym teacher. I would have never thought I would be graduating from such a prestigious school or program such as Carthage. My 8-year-old self would be extremely proud of what I have accomplished.”

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

“I would say work your butt off. If helping others and being able to take someone’s health and life in some instances into your hands is something that gives you a rush of excitement and motivation, then this is the major for you. It is a very competitive program to get into, and to stay into, but as long as you work hard and time manage well, you can do it!”