Student Voices

Bailey Bumgardner

My name is Bailey Bumgardner and I am a senior from Belmont, NC. I am majoring in Communications with an emphasis in journalism and mass media.


I love to bake and cook. I also love to spend quality time with friends and family. During my free time I enjoy going to the movies, playing soccer, and shopping. I am member of the Iota Zeta chapter of Alpha Xi Delta at Wingate University.

Favorite Class Info

My favorite class while at Wingate has been Sports Reporting with Dr. Keith Cannon. Hoping to become a future reporter myself, this class taught me the basics of working with media and sports. Dr. Cannon gave the class real life experiences in sports reporting by taking us on trips to ESPNU studios in Charlotte as well as covered live events.

The "G" Word 446 - 3/6/2014

In my apartment it’s known as the “g” word; to others it might be known as the final celebration. To me the word graduation means I have exactly 2 months and 11 days to figure out what in the world I am going to do with my life.

For the past 16 years, school has been the one constant in my life. Going to classes, eating at the same lunch table, and focusing on making all A’s is comforting to me. Once I walk across that stage there will be no more school for me, forever. As ‘praise worthy’ as that sounds, the comfort that I have known all these years will be completely gone.

Since grad school is not in my post-graduation plan, getting a “big girl” job is the next chapter in my life. Starting over is probably one of the scariest things in the world. I am ready to move forward with my life but not knowing what the future holds is terrifying.

I have always known that I’ve wanted to work in television. Ever since 8th grade when I was involved in the middle school broadcasting team, I have been drawn to television. From years of absorbing every bit of information I could obtain about reporting and journalism, I feel surprisingly prepared. This doesn’t disregard my extreme anxiety of being thrown out into the real world, but it does relieve the pressure of knowing what I want to do in life.

As the days pass, every moment I spend with friends, teachers, and sorority sisters become even more bittersweet. Until now, I had a hard time believing what friends who've graduated before me meant when they said, “Enjoy every minute of your senior year because before you know it, it’ll be gone in the blink of an eye”.

As quick as that sounds, I know when May 17 comes around I will be filled with every type of emotion possible. But once I step onto that stage every test, bad grade, and all nighter will have been completely worth it. Graduating from college will officially be put on my list of accomplishments and a new chapter of life will begin.

Recent Blog Posts

The "G" Word
"I am ready to move forward with my life but not knowing what the future holds is terrifying."

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