Frank Esposito

Class Year

’20

Hometown

Bolingbrook, Illinois

Major(s)

Athletic Training

“This is a program that is designed to help you grow as a young professional.”

Frank Esposito, ’20

Career goal

“After graduating, I plan on becoming a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at a Division 1 University and obtain a master’s degree. From there, my career goal is to become an athletic trainer for a professional baseball organization.”

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

“All of the professors in the athletic training program are fantastic, but one professor that has had a big impact on me is instructor Jake Dinauer. Mr. Dinauer is the head athletic trainer at Carthage. He is excellent at taking textbook material and teaching it in a way that is very hands-on and practical.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class has been Emergency Medical Responder. It was a very fun and interesting class because we learned about emergency medicine and acquired the necessary skills to become an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). At the end of the class, we became CPR and EMR certified.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. In high school, I thought that I would never join a fraternity. Once I got to Carthage, I realized Greek life is a lot more than what people think and decided to join DU. Through Delta Upsilon, I have had many opportunities for professional and personal growth. I have made a lot friends from DU and can say it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I am also hold an executive board position for the Athletic Training Club. This club is great for volunteer opportunities and professional advancement in the field.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class has been Principles of Athletic Training. This was the first athletic training class that I took once I started the program. It was difficult because it encompassed the learning and application of the basics of athletic training. It included a lot of information that was packed into one semester.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I was an athletic training intern for the Madison Mallards summer collegiate baseball team. I helped for provided injury prevention of care for collegiate baseball player from all over the country. This internship allowed me to practice and develop my skills that I learned while at Carthage. I am currently a clinical research assistant for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Department of Neuroscience. I work with our football team to collect data for the Medical College’s concussion study.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“At Carthage, I was able to go on a J-Term study tour my sophomore year to Peru. On this trip, we studied the impact of tourism on the women and environment. We went to Lima, Trujillo, Cusco, and Lake Titicaca. I also visited many World UNESCO sites, such as the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite memories will always be from the Peru J-Term trip, which include climbing Machu Picchu, eating guinea pig in Cusco, and enjoying the amazing culture of Lima! The best part about this trip, however, was the opportunity to make lifelong friends!”

Favorite spot on campus

My favorite spot on campus is down by the lake in one of the red adirondack chairs on a warm night.

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise is how many people you get to know! It is very easy to make friends here because everyone is so nice and genuine. I see a familiar face every time I walk down campus drive.”

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

“I think 8-year-old me would be surprised that I am not pursuing a medical degree, but proud of me for finding my passion. My 8-year-old self would be happy for the person that I have become and how I have taken every opportunity to better myself.”

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

“You should consider athletic training if you like sports and medicine. Athletic training is a very rewarding field because you get to provide high quality healthcare to athletes. You see athletes at their worst when they get injured, but you also get to work with them and get them back to playing the sport they love.

“If you want to be an athletic training major, you need to be dedicated. It is a tough and rigorous program, but a very rewarding one. Athletic trainers play a vital role to the health of athletes and are instrumental to their well being. Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is the greatest teacher and you can always take something away from failing. This is a program that is designed to help you grow as a young professional.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because I came from a big high school. I wanted a change and a closer community. The Athletic Training Program at Carthage is one of the best, and the small class sizes are what attracted me to come here. Oh, and also the lake.”