Carly Bailey is a junior from Otterville, Missouri. She is a health science student with a rehabilitation science emphasis and a minor in psychology. Carly is on the pre-physical therapy track with the intent to go on to physical therapy school at Mizzou. She is interested in treating individuals with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and amputations.
“Physical therapy is a fascinating field due to its versatility,” Carly says. “The combinations of settings, age groups, and domains of physical therapy are endless. Therefore, combined with the high board passage and employment rates through Mizzou’s PT program, it is a great option to pursue.”
In addition to being a student ambassador, Carly has been involved in campus organizations such as the Pre-Physical Therapy Organization and the Disabled Athlete Sports Association, which provides competitive sports training to people with disabilities. In her free time, Carly enjoys hanging out with her friends on campus, playing a game of beach volleyball, or trying new restaurants in Columbia.
What made you choose Mizzou?
I chose Mizzou because of its prestigious undergraduate and graduate degree programs. I was also drawn to the level of involvement and opportunity that isn’t available at other colleges.
What made you want to pursue a career in health care?
In high school, my favorite classes were math and science; not because I was necessarily good at either but because they were interesting and challenging. Mathematics and the sciences have remained my favorite courses in college, which is very helpful for a health science major. Also, I was a multisport athlete in high school, which unfortunately caused me to suffer several injuries (including a severe knee injury that required surgery and extensive physical therapy). However, I did not decide to pursue a career in rehabilitation science until a year after I stopped going to PT. Ultimately, it was my passion for learning in the sciences that drove me to health care.
What’s your favorite Mizzou club/organization?
The Disabled Athlete Sports Association is my favorite organization and I have been involved with this organization for over a year. It is a great experience for any health science major to gain exposure to working with a population of persons with disabilities.
What should make students choose Mizzou?
Students should choose Mizzou because of all the opportunities available on one campus. Between degree programs, extracurriculars, work experience, and FUN things to do at Mizzou, there is something for everyone! This campus truly is a family environment that fosters education and prepares students for life after graduation.
What is your favorite CoMo restaurant?
Murray’s or Seoul Taco — you cannot go wrong with either!