Jaina Parat

Class Year



Carol Stream, Illinois


Exercise and Sport Science

A driven Carthage student, Jaina Parat is on track to graduate in three years with a major in exercise and sport science. After graduating, she plans to enroll in a physician assistant graduate program.

“The exercise and sport science major is unique in that it allows for a variety of career opportunities,” she said. “In the exercise portion, students have the option to become teachers and coaches; while in the sport science aspect, students can go on to become personal trainers or physical therapists.”

On campus, Jaina is an orientation leader, peer success coach, and student ambassador.

“It’s true that college will fly by, so take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Make as many friends as possible, and join every and any club. Don’t forget to make time to study, learn about who you are as a person and enjoy these last few years of school.” 

“I quickly realized how friendly not only the student body is, but the staff and faculty as well. When deciding which college to attend, I ultimately chose Carthage because of how encouraging and helpful everyone is as well as the resources and opportunities offered.”

Jaina Parat, ’17

Career goal

“Once I graduate from Carthage, I plan on completing an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification in order to complete the requirements necessary to enroll in a physician assistant graduate program.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class so far has been Exercise Physiology because I liked how challenging the class was as well as the various labs that helped apply the material being covered. I’m also interested in continuing on to a medical career and enjoyed how the class covered concepts I will use in my future schooling.”

Campus involvement

“I am an orientation leader, peer success coach, and student ambassador. I know how important these positions are in not only helping a student decide which college to attend, but in providing a positive first experience at Carthage.”

Toughest class

“I have not encountered a class that was too difficult for me. I feel that the lower-level courses adequately prepare a student for the upper-level courses. The professors also provide more than enough help both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I enjoyed taking J-Term classes because I would be done by noon and spend the rest of my day hiding from the cold temperatures in a friend’s room. I also remember all the walks I would take along the beach. While the College’s location on the lake is nice, I also like walking into downtown Kenosha and exploring the city.”

Favorite spot on campus

“I like the Campbell Student Union because it really is the most common place for students to be. From the food options and pool tables, to the multiple televisions, something about the Union draws students in and there’s always a friendly face to chat with.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise I’ve had is learning that I would be able to graduate in three years as opposed to four. When my advisor told me I could possibly graduate in three years, I knew it would be a challenge, but I’m proud of all my hard work paying off, and I’m grateful for the help and support I’ve received in attempting to achieve my goals.”

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

“When I was 8, I wanted to be a veterinarian, and at 21 I’m still interested in the health field. I’ve just changed my focus to helping people instead of animals. So I think my 8-year-old self would approve of my current studies.”

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

“While there are fun and relaxed classes, don’t be fooled into thinking the major is easy. There are still heavy science-based classes that can be challenging. Don’t be afraid to bulk up your schedule because many of the exercise and sport science classes are one or two credits that you can build into a fully loaded semester.”