After much anticipation, Point Boro soccer’s defensive captain Rachel Bailey is officially taking her talent to Stevens Institute Of Technology.
From the first visit, Bailey knew that Stevens was a school where she would feel very comfortable attending.
“I visited Stevens at the beginning of my junior year and I fell in love with the campus. It’s right across from NYC, so the view is amazing. I really wanted to go somewhere that had plenty to do, so Hoboken was the perfect fit: lots to do, but not too overwhelming such as being in a city itself,” Bailey explained as she recalled her first initial impression of the school.
While Rachel is continuing her soccer career at division III Stevens, it is the academic culture of the institution that ultimately confirmed her decision.
“It wasn’t so much of playing time, but more so of going to a school that would challenge me academically as well as athletically,” Bailey said.
It was when Rachel first met the coaching staff that she knew her wish could come true.
“When I first met the coaches, they expressed that they were looking for players that could help them win a NCAA championship, which is the ultimate goal. Furthermore, my biggest priority was getting a quality education. The first thing that was put forth when they began recruiting me was that the school is not easy to get into. They immediately assessed my grades to make sure I had the potential of getting accepted. I didn’t want to go to a school where I wouldn’t be challenged academically, and Stevens was the perfect fit,” Bailey explained.
As a member of the 2015 State Sectional championship team and reigning B South Champions, Bailey feels that her high school career has prepared her for the college pitch.
“I’m very competitive in nature, so channeling that through a sport I love has made me a very determined person. The last few years have definitely helped. Our high school team has been very competitive the past 4 years, which has taught me how to focus in “big-game” situations, like the state-sectional. The drive to be able to get to the championship games has also taught me that even the small games count because they are essential to building on getting to the championships. I’m so lucky I have a sport I’m so passionate about because it has taught me the importance of working hard. This has translated from the soccer field into my own life,” Bailey continued.
Academically, Rachel is interested in marking, where she is looking into the school of business at Stevens.
“As of right now, I’m planning on enrolling in their school of business. I am looking at their marketing program. Fortunately, their employment rate after college is very promising, and the location across from New York City is full of opportunities,” Bailey added.
Stevens competes in the Empire 8 conference where the Ducks have experienced plenty of success over the last few years.