Bailey Ervin

Name: Bailey Ervin

Hometown: Rushville, Illinois

Year: Junior
Academic Major(s): Parks, Recreation, & Tourism

Who would you say is/are your role model(s)? Why?

My role model in life would probably be my grandma. She has always had an enormous impact on my life and she has always been there since day 1. She teaches me to always be myself and never let anyone take advantage of me. According to her, I can be anyone and anything I want to be. I admire the endless support that she constantly provides for me and without her, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I hope in the future that I can have this same effect on my children/grandchildren that my grandma had on me.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

It’s cliché, I know, but my favorite spot on campus is by far the columns. There is just so much history behind them and what they stand for at this university. Every time I walk by the columns going to class or going to grab lunch downtown, I become even more amazed. They are such a beautiful sight all the time, but you have to go see them at night. With Jesse Hall lit up behind them, they become perfect for a good Instagram photo. J But seriously, the columns and Jesse at night will be the most beautiful sight that you see on this campus and that’s why they are my favorite spot on campus.

If you had a theme song to describe yourself, what would it be and why?

If I had a theme song to describe myself, it would be No Scrubs by TLC. I don’t necessarily have a specific reason that I chose this song, other than the fact that it is an absolute bop and no matter my mood, it’s a song that I will always dance along to. If you’ve never heard it, wow please go listen to it!

What brought you to Mizzou?

Originally, I decided to leave my hometown behind to attend the best journalism school in the nation. That’s what secured my decision to come to Mizzou. But after two semesters, I realized that the journalism school just wasn’t for me and I decided to change my major to Parks, Recreation and Tourism with an emphasis in Sport Management. A lot of people asked me if I would transfer considering I chose to come here based on my Journalism major. I thought this was a crazy question: of course I wasn’t going to transfer! After two semesters here, Mizzou had become my home and I’m so glad that I’m here, even though I’m here for a different reason than I was two years ago.

How was your transition process into Mizzou from high school?

My transition to Mizzou from high school was honestly one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I come from a hometown of 3,000 people, where my graduating class was 79. Everyone knew everyone and it was a comfortable place for me. But I knew if I wanted to be successful with my life, I had to get out. Upon coming to Mizzou, I knew absolutely no one here and that was terrifying. I had doubts about whether or not I had made the right decision. It took me an entire semester to realize it, but once I decided to put myself out there and step out of my comfort zone, I knew I was right where I was supposed to be. You’ll hear it a million times, but please, please, please GET INVOLVED! If I wouldn’t have gotten involved in different organizations, my transition would have been a million times harder. Just know that it’s ok to be scared and it’s ok to call your mom every day until you’re comfortable in your new home, but if you put yourself out there and be open minded about organizations and the individuals on this campus, you will learn so much more about yourself and have the absolute time of your life.