Downers Grove, Illinois
As a dedicated athletic training major and member of the men’s lacrosse team, Andrew Long has had the chance to both study under accomplished professors and participate in NCAA Division III level athletics at Carthage. With a passion for sports medicine, Andrew has excelled in Carthage’s Athletic Training Education Program.
On campus, Andrew participates in the Delta Upsilon fraternity, Athletic Training Club, and Pre-Health Club. He has also been able to intern at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Neurosurgery, where he aids in the collection of research on concussions.
Andrew credits Carthage’s great Athletic Training Program for its large amount of hands on training and experience. He encourages future athletic training majors to challenge themselves and work hard. “This is by no means an easy major, but it is one of the most fulfilling by far. If you are willing to challenge yourself and learn every day then this is for you.”
“Choosing this major has been one of the best decisions I have made for myself. Anyone looking to pursue a health or medicine related career should look into this major.”
“After graduation I plan on attending graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in physician assistant studies. I’m not sure which school yet, but I hope to stay involved with orthopedics and sports medicine wherever I end up choosing.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Laurie Jensen is a fantastic professor to have. She has so much experience and knowledge in this field and has a passion for teaching. She has continually pushed myself and my classmates to get better and has helped us to not only realize, but reach our full potentials. I also believe that the entire athletic training staff has had an outstanding, positive influence on my career at Carthage. Each one of them has taught me something new everyday, whether it’s in the classroom or during clinical rotation. They are truly an invaluable group.”
“I would have to say all of our AT practicum classes. We learn injury evaluation and rehabilitation skills in these classes.”
“Principles of Athletic Training has been my toughest class so far. This class is taken sophomore year and a lot of information is taught in a short amount of time.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“I currently have one with the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Neurosurgery. I work as a clinical research assistant helping specifically with concussion research.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“I have received a special opportunities scholarship. This means the world to me because it shows that all of my hard work has been recognized. It is also a reminder to continue to work hard everyday.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“One of my favorite moments and memories is coming back to Carthage for pre-season. I get to enjoy the warm summer weather, move in early, and hang out with friends.”
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spot on campus would have to be Art Keller Field, especially with the newly renovated turf and track.”
Biggest surprise so far
“The biggest surprise would have to be how quickly the weather can change. One week we will have warm weather and sunny skies, and the next there could be snow.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I think my 8-year-old self would be very proud of where I am. I never would have expected to be involved in sports medicine at that age and enjoy it so much.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“If you love sports and healthcare then this is the field for you. You will get immediate hands on experience upon entry to the program and will be challenged every single day. This is by no means an easy major, but it is one of the most fulfilling by far. If you are willing to challenge yourself and learn every day then this is for you.”
“Choosing this major has been one of the best decisions I have made for myself. Anyone looking to pursue a health or medicine related career should look into this major. You will not only learn an incredible wealth of knowledge, but you are able to get hands on experience right away as well. It has been very rewarding being able to help so many people get better and return to their sport following an injury.”
“I was immediately drawn to Carthage because of the beautiful campus. This led me to look further into the school and learn that there was a great Athletic Training Education Program. I knew I wanted to pursue a degree involved with sports medicine so it was just a perfect fit.”