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Bailey Torrez

    • Graduation Year: 2017
    • Major: Athletic Training
    • Hometown: Reno, Nev.
    • Activities: Women’s Soccer
    • Interests: Skiing, hiking, camping, boating, Netflix

Favorite quote(s): “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.” “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”
Favorite book: Where’s Waldo
Favorite music: Kacey Musgraves, George Ezra, Serena Ryder, Brandi Carlile
Favorite movie(s): Juno, Good Will Hunting, Seven Pounds, Big Daddy, Hitch, Coach Carter
Favorite past-time: Skiing

Why did you choose King? I chose King to be able to play soccer at the collegiate level while majoring in athletic training.

What do you like best about King? I love the small class sizes and the community. After transferring from a large Division I institution, it was refreshing to go from a 500-person lecture hall to a 12-member class.

What are your plans after college? I plan to work as a graduate athletic trainer at a Division I school in the Pacific Northwest.

How are you coping with being away from home? I love it. I love the independence and having a new place across the country to call home while still having the ability to go back to Reno when I’m ready.

What is your favorite class? Advanced Evaluation of Athletic Injuries is my favorite course this semester. It is a very hands-on class where I am learning the most practical information for my career path.

Who has influenced you the most - Who was one of your mentors? My mom has influenced me the most growing up. She is such a strong independent woman who has shown me how to work hard and live the happiest life possible. Her strength, work ethic, and love of life has allowed me to become the woman I am today.

What was your most rewarding extracurricular activity? I love to ski and during winter break I teach kids how to ski, it is a very rewarding job, and I have a blast doing it.

What was your most interesting summer work? My first job was working as a line cook at a restaurant called Pizza Balls, which served deep fried pizza!

What is your favorite memory of King? The best memories I’ve had at King are meeting new people and making new friends. Working with the women’s volleyball team first semester and the acrobatics and tumbling team this semester I’ve gotten to know many of the girls, and everyone is just so kind here. It’s different from the west coast.

Do you have a message to students relative to their own journey? I know it sounds corny, but everything happens for a reason; work hard; have goals; and believe that the path you’re on will lead you to where you are meant to be. Above all, don't forget to look around and enjoy the journey.

If you are graduating with student debt, do you feel it will be easily manageable? I have so far managed to escape student debt; I have two years left so hopefully I’ll be able to finish without it.