Bailey grew up in the middle-of-nowhere Washington State and has been searching for mountains to rival the Cascades ever since she moved out to Massachusetts (where, let’s be honest, there are large hills at best). She came to New England to play ice hockey at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where between early morning practices and long road trips she also got a B.S. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and a B.S. in Chemistry. Her passion for research and teaching in the Chemistry Department led her to receive the Departmental Award two years in a row. She graduated with the 21st Century Leader award from UMass and was summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Despite missing her mountains, she followed her passion for medicine and science to Boston where she’s working on an M.D. at the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Program.
Bailey previously worked as a tutor for UMass athletes where she handled a broad range of students and worked with them to most efficiently improve their content knowledge and studying habits to keep up with busy practice schedules. She also worked as a TA in biochemistry and organic chemistry courses where she stubbornly (and even successfully at times!) convinced students that chemistry could be a fun subject. She is passionate about helping students find meaning in the material that not only gets them through the next exam, but also helps them find genuine excitement in the work. She also worked as the Training Officer for the AFD Student Force and, while your midterm likely won’t involve a firefighting component, she can tell you some great stories about the mishaps of teaching probationary firefighters how to get someone down a ladder.
When she’s not in class or in lab, she still likes to play hockey so that she can pretend she’s not completely washed up. She can also be found re-watching Friends or Parks and Rec while drinking absurd amounts of tea.