When Paige Borst ’17 was younger, she remembers driving past Carthage with her dad. “I remember being in awe of the fall colors, the field being put in, and how cool the buildings looked from Sheridan. College was always a goal of mine, so why not attend the school that interested me so much as a kid?”
Now here, she is majoring in athletic training with hopes of working as an athletic trainer at a college in the midwest.
“With athletic training, you get to see many sides of the healthcare world. First response, wound care, and rehabilitation are all things we learn, but it’s not the only. Our program is very hands-on and a family is built within the walls of the Jon Swift Sports Medicine Center.”
“After attending graduate school, I hope to be an athletic trainer working for a college in the midwest. Hopefully for a DIII program.”
“Prof. Jake Dinauer is a fantastic professor here at Carthage. Being a good teacher is one thing, but he is an overall positive influence inside and outside the classroom. Jake pushes me to be the best athletic trainer and person I have the potential to be.”
“Any of the AT Practicum classes. This is where we learn new injury evaluation and rehabilitation skills.”
“So far, all of my classes have been difficult on some level, but they have presented a fun challenge. Administration for the AT major has stood out as one of the more challenging.”
“I currently act as treasurer for the Athletic Training Club.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“My favorite Carthage moment, which happens every year, is when everyone comes back to school for fall semester. This is when the most people are outside, on the beach, and excited to be back.”
Biggest surprise so far?
“Football games. Campus is usually quiet and peaceful, except for Saturdays at 1 p.m. Hearing the crowd on those afternoons cheering for the Red Men is the best part of the game and something I didn’t necessarily expect at a smaller school.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“When I was 8, I thought I wanted to be a gourmet chef. Although I am now a terrible cook, I always liked to help others so 8-year-old me would’ve accepted me doing athletic training.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“Time management is key. Athletic training is a lot of work, but it can also be a ton of fun. Cramming and procrastinating will get you nowhere. The sooner you learn a skill, the sooner you can use it and move onto the next. Learn as much as you can, but don’t forget to have fun!”