“Get involve. I bust my butt, work hard, try to push my myself as much as I can. It’s hard being a female in a network force and lack of female athletic trainers already is a down hand,” says Bailey Hofmeister, President of Student Events Team at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
She is majoring in Exercise Science and a Sports Medicine Minor, and graduating spring of 2019.
Bailey overlooks all the board members, making sure they complete their duties, get things done on time and lead all the meetings every week. Making sure everything is running smoothly is her agenda. She grew up in New Ulm, and has a deep love for Hockey games since she was 6 years old. As a regular attendee at every sports game and her brother-in-law getting tickets every weekend to watch games as a kid, made her join MNSU as a student.
“I never had intention of joining the team at Student Events Team, a friend of mine invited me in one of the meetings but instead of my friend, I ended up being of the team” says Bailey smiling with enthusiasm. She has been member ever since, presently working as a president. She is currently applying to a graduate school for athletic training. After finishing two years of graduate school, she is going to become a certified athletic trainer.
She sat down for a conversation graciously giving her time out of her busy schedule.
What is your most memorable time at MNSU?
Past football season when our football team played during a blizzard, I stayed there for the entire game. Watching them play football in the blizzard was the craziest thing ever. It was fun to watch though.
Do you believe in dreams?
Oh yes, I do. Once you are passionate about something and love what you do, every small thing, every other hindrance, gets out of you once you start busting your butt. That’s what I do to make my dreams come true.
What is meaning of life?
I guess, living your life to fullest. You have your life for once, do what you love, follow your guts, figure what works for you and what you want in your life. Then, you will find your purpose.
As a hardworking woman, you get tired and stressed out. What is your medicine at such condition?
I am a nature person. Whenever, I have time, I go for fishing, go out to the lakes, explore and give in to the nature. Going to Minneopa State Park and watching the waterfall just makes everything smooth.
When you wake up in the morning, what drives you to do stuff and bust your butt?
Listening to music just makes my day and drives me go out into the world and do my stuff.
Do you think you can change the world?
I think so, at least I try. I think anybody can. Having a passion is key, and being able to push yourself to the next level changes everything around you. Hence, making a difference in the world.
Who is your role model?
Herb Brooks, he was a coach for 1980 US Olympic team. I have read everything about him, I am pretty sure everyone who works with me knows my respect towards him.
What do you do during winter when you can’t go work outdoors?
I just binge watch Grey’s Anatomy. And work out a lot.
Do you always get what you want?
Not really. I applied for grad school at Winona, Boston and here at MNSU. I have been accepted everywhere besides MNSU, where I really want to go for grad school. I cannot just keep worrying about it, rather go where life takes me.
Are you a pessimist or an optimist?
I am more of a realist. However, I always prepare myself for the worst which makes me somewhat a pessimist.
Any advice for our students at MNSU?
Go for what you want, do not hesitate or spend anytime thinking about it. Just make sure you are 100 percent passionate about it, and NEVER GIVE UP.
Feature photo courtesy of Bailey Hofmiester.