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Bailey Schilder


Major(s): Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Minors(s): Consumer Affairs
Expected Graduation Year: May 2012
Hometown: Faulkton, South Dakota

Why did you choose to attend SDSU?

Some would tease me that I didn't have the option of any other university. Many people that know my family is convinced that we bleed blue and yellow. Going to SDSU is somewhat of a family tradition for us. More than 20 of my extended family members have attended SDSU and that number is growing as cousins join me. 

For me, SDSU was an easy choice. I could have the experience of a large, innovative, and highly esteemed University in a community that has a small town feel. Brookings is also conveniently located less than three hours away from my family's ranch--far enough to keep my dad from calling for help on a daily basis but close enough to go home on the weekends I had free. I had previous connections with great faculty and students in the Family and Consumer Sciences department. The fit couldn't have been more perfect. 

What has been your most interesting class, and what about it did you enjoy?

My favorite class here at SDSU was Food Principles with Mary Gengler. Aside from learning about nutrition and international cuisines, we got to be a part of a weekly lab where we prepared and ate all different types of foods. Who can pass up a class where you get to make Christmas candies and eat them? Some of my classmates were dietetics or nutrition majors but many were a part of the class because they loved to cook or they wanted to learn how to cook. Aside from one small fire incident that included a microwave and marshmallow creme, my lab partners and I managed to make some pretty tasty dishes. We had so much fun each week in lab and got to taste some outstanding recipes!

Who has inspired you the most at SDSU and in what way?

I have been inspired most by my peers. I have watched both upperclassmen and underclassmen search out opportunities and run with them. I am constantly amazed at the ambition of some of my friends. I have peers who have already started their own businesses, taken internships in other countries, and traveled the country successfully competing in events against students from other D1 universities. I wouldn't have taken the chances I did without their guiding examples pushing me to test my limits and step outside of my comfort zone. 

What is your favorite or most memorable SDSU experience?

My most memorable SDSU experience was a four-month European adventure by way of an opportunity to study abroad through the International Exchange Student Program (ISEP). I studied at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam during the spring semester of my sophomore year. Great friends, new cuisine, international travel, humorous cultural barriers, and lasting memories were all a part of this adventure that could never be replaced or relived. SDSU gave this small-town girl the opportunity of a lifetime and the chance to make friends across the world that I look forward to traveling with in the future. 

Where do you see yourself in the future/10 years?

In the future I hope to be making an impact on a community by way of strengthening family ties and improving resource management. Healthy families means healthy communities. I am passionate about nutrition, fitness, building relationships, and building a satisfying and successful professional life. My goal is to help others raise their standards to help them fulfill lifestyle desires. 

What piece of advice would you give new students?

Get involved. Take EVERY opportunity that comes your way. Take chances. Go to that meeting and introduce yourself to the group. You never know if your future best friend is sitting in the crowd. A big part of your future is the people you have yet to meet. You're making an impression on each person you come in contact with during your day-to-day adventures. Make solid impressions and you will be granted the opportunities you deserve.