Posted by Aurora University on May 16, 2014
From high school football fields, to university softball diamonds, from the Chicago Marathon to private physical therapy centers, senior Carly Capesius has gained experience in just about every athletic training setting imaginable during her four years at Aurora University. And now, the 2014 recipient of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Major of the Year Award, has graduated from college with a strong resume and professional connections throughout the Fox Valley. With an impressive history of involvement in her field and on campus, Capesius is ready to tackle the real world and put her passion for helping people to work.
For Capesius, pursuing a career in athletic training allows her to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. “Through the AU program, I’ve gained knowledge of working with athletes, with working professionals and with geriatric clients, and have applied my knowledge to practical settings,” she said. “I like that I’m not working with just one group of people in my field.”
During her AU tenure, Capesius completed practicum experiences at several local high schools, including Metea Valley, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and Oswego, where she worked alongside professional athletic trainers and became a crucial part of the team atmosphere. “Being a part of Friday night football games, and being a part of the legacy of high school football, is an amazing experience,” she said. “It’s a huge sport that keeps you on your toes, covering a lot of athletes with potentially serious injuries at once.”
Capesius also put her knowledge into practice at Accelerated ATI and Athletico, where she established relationships that are helping launch her career. “During my field experiences, I worked closely with my preceptors, who have now become references for me and are helping me prepare for job interviews and give me career tips,” she said. “Knowing that I have direct references at these prominent training and rehabilitation centers has helped me be confident in interviews.”
However, it was not only Capesius’s on-the-field experiences that have helped her stand out among her peers. She also has been active on campus, as co-president of the Spartan Athletic Training Student Organization and treasurer for the Iota Tau Alpha Athletic Training Honor Society. In these roles, she helped organize and participated in a variety of campus and community service activities, including the Aurora University 5K to raise funds for athletic training research, Project Linus, Young Hearts for Life, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and as a student-mentor in the athletic training program.
“I came to AU because I knew that I would get one-on-one attention and would not be a number,” she said. “Now, I have gained everything that I need for a successful career. I’m ready to take my board exams and interview for athletic training jobs.”