Name: Bailey Bowcutt
Major: Human Biology and Microbiology
Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Bailey, you’re from Wyoming. Why did you choose MSU?
I wanted to explore the US more as I only been out of the mountain region a handful of times. I figured college would be the best time to try to travel and see a new part of the world. Plus, I ended up receiving the STARR scholarship, a full-ride scholarship for only students from Wyoming and the upper peninsula. This made the decision to leave my home state a lot easier!
Why did you choose to major in human biology and microbiology?
I’m very interested in researching microbiology and its impact on humans in the future. I am currently in a lab with Dr. Shannon Manning studying microbiology, and I have seen why it can be important to know how these organisms impact the human body, which is why I wanted to also include a major in human biology.
What are some of the things that you’re involved in here at MSU?
I am involved in the Honors College Service club to try and connect more with MSU and the East Lansing community. I am also the publicist of the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics club. Currently, I am taking violin lessons to try and be confident enough to join an MSU orchestra next year (wish me luck!).
How do you feel about being far away from home? Do you have any advice for people going to school out of state?
Being far away from home can be exciting and lonely at the same time. I don’t think I fully realized how long it would be until I saw my family and dogs, around three or four months away from home. For advice, I would tell other out of state students to try to find their MSU family. Having a supportive group of friends has really helped me feel at home here in Michigan.
What’s your one favorite memory of being a Spartan so far?
My favorite memory (or memories) of being a Spartan so far includes going to the MSU Dairy store with my friends. We sure don’t have ice cream like that in Wyoming! But maybe it was the company that made it so sweet…
Any closing thoughts?
Thanks for having me!