North Central College - Naperville, IL
Major: 
Athletic Training

While rehabilitating from a severe knee injury, Gregory found himself admiring those who brought him back to health.

“I finally figured out what I was meant to do with my life: become an athletic trainer,” he says. “So I ended the job I had and went back to school at age 30 to chase my goal.”

For such a hands-on job, Gregory knew he needed hands-on experience. He practiced classroom skills alongside certified staff for the College’s sports teams.

“The staff and professors consistently put the students in situations where they can learn,” he says. “These opportunities have made a huge difference in how my confidence has grown as an athletic training student.”

Gregory gained experience as a summer intern for a minor league baseball team and aspires to work with elite athletes at the collegiate level.

“The faculty ensures they are putting quality athletic trainers into the workforce. They want to see us succeed and they are dedicated to giving us all the necessary tools to do so.”