THE NEXT RIDE: Bailey Mierzejewski
May 4, 2017
Bidding Farewell to our 2017 Senior Class
With the 2016-17 season now complete, it’s time for the Gamecocks to bid farewell to nine incredible seniors who have each impacted the Carolina program in their own special way. But for these nine women, the end of their collegiate careers marks the beginning of a new journey, where each of them will make their mark on the world. GamecocksOnline.com is proud to present The Next Ride, spotlighting each senior’s time at Carolina and looking ahead to the next chapter of their lives. Today’s Q&A features Bailey Mierzejewski.
Graduation Date, Degree, Major
May 2017, Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science May 2019, PharmD
What was your hardest class at Carolina?
How did you pick your major?
I knew that I wanted to be a pharmacist before I came to Carolina. I had always planned on completing my PharmD in the six-year program. My sophomore year, I learned about a new opportunity to also earn a Bachelors in Pharmaceutical Sciences and was able to complete those requirements as well.
How did the Carolina Equestrian family help you during your academic career?
The coaches truly want us to be successful in and out of the classroom. They are always willing to work around our class schedule or study sessions. The entire staff at the Dodie Academic Enrichment center is also fantastic. They do everything they can to ensure we are successful in every class at Carolina.
How did the Carolina Equestrian family help with your post-college career?
I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work as a 5th year student next year. I will be able to work for the team for another year while I continue to pursue my PharmD degree.
What competition will you remember most from your time as a Carolina Equestrian student-athlete?
I definitely will always remember our national championship meet in 2015. That was easily the most exciting day in my college career. The feeling that you have after realizing that your team just won a national championship is indescribable and something I will never forget.
What’s the one phrase you’ll remember most from your coaches?
“It is what it is.”- Coach Major
What do you plan on doing after graduation?
This summer, I hope to have a couple pharmacy internship opportunities. In the fall, I will be continuing with my last two years in pharmacy school at South Carolina.
What’s your advice for young riders interested in joining the Carolina Equestrian program?
If you are a high school student, you can start reaching out to our coaches and filling out the recruiting questionnaire on the website. The coaches love to see videos of you riding different horses. I would definitely recommend coming to visit the campus and One Wood Farm, and feel free to reach out to girls on the team. We are all happy to answers questions about collegiate equestrian and South Carolina!