Mairead Brown

Class Year



Lake Orion, Michigan


Athletic Training

“I was always interested in the medical field but never really knew how to relate it to my love of sports and athletics. So Athletic Training was the perfect fit!”

Mairead Brown, ’20

Career goal

“After graduation, I plan on continuing to work in the athletic training field, whether it be at a high school, college, or a hospital. I am open to new experiences because my professors at Carthage have shown me the vast variety of places athletic trainers can work.”

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

Professor Laurie Jensen is one of the best professors at Carthage! She is always very organized and strives to help her students stay organized as well. She is also very valuable outside of the classroom and was able to help me with new study ideas to get through the tough classes inside the athletic training major.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class was Clinical Skills I with Professor Jake Dinauer. This class was the first class in the athletic training major in which you really get to learn about each body part in depth, how to identify pathologies, and how to treat them. Also, the class was relevant to our clinical rotations we were doing, so everything was able to come full circle.”

Campus involvement

“I play lacrosse at Carthage, and honestly, it has changed my life. I always wanted to be an NCAA athlete, and Carthage gave me the opportunity to do that while also majoring in athletic training.”

Toughest class

“Principles of Athletic Training was the toughest class I’ve taken. It was the first class I took in the program. It was a fast-paced introduction to the field of athletic training and what I would be learning in the future, as well as learning the basics or principles of the field.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Every semester in the athletic training major, we are able to give presentations about cases that we see to our team of doctors that Carthage works with. These doctor presentations make Carthage stand out because we are able to create inter-professional relationships before we start our careers. Also, every semester we do research papers about topics that we are interested in using evidence-based medicine practices.”


“I received many scholarships from Carthage. The most memorable and meaningful scholarship is my endowed scholarship from the late George and Hazel Osborne. It means so much to me that alumni can help to further my academic career.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I love the first week of school in September! Everyone is back and excited, and sharing stories from their summer adventures. I also love J-Term on campus. It’s always a time to hang out and try cool, new things because there are less people around.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the TARC. I spend most of my time there because I have classes in the athletic training room and clinicals in there as well. I also love late-night studying in the STU because there are plenty of snacks to keep me going!”

Biggest surprise so far

“I’m surprised by how quickly Carthage felt like home!”

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

“I actually don’t think my 8-year-old self would be surprised. I was always interested in the medical field, but never really knew how to relate it to my love of sports and athletics. Athletic training is the perfect fit!”

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

“If you want to pursue athletic training, keep working hard! It’s a difficult major but once you find the thing you love then it’s worth it in the end.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because, as cliche as it sounds, it was the perfect fit. Initially I looked at Carthage to play lacrosse and get an amazing athletic training education, but, after coming to visit, I realized that I fell in love with the location and atmosphere that felt like home.”