Carissa Bailey: UI Homecoming Court 2018

What is a favorite memory from the University of Iowa?

It is difficult to choose a single favorite memory since I started my journey at the University of Iowa four years ago, but perhaps the most significant one is my first visit to the University of Iowa. As a first generation student, I had no idea how to navigate the world of higher education. But I was lucky enough to have people around me that could help. I first came to the University of Iowa campus for a tour with a friend and her mother, who was also one of my mentors during the college application process. I remember it was fall and how magical the Pentacrest and the T. Anne Cleary walkway felt, graced with changing trees, fallen leaves, and crisp air. The scene, combined with the University’s reputation for its stellar academics and my tour guide’s enchanting stories of his time on campus, was enough to have me sold. It was also conveniently far away enough from home that my parents had to call before coming, but close enough that I could visit in an emergency or when I needed a dose of home. I knew it then and I know it even more so now, but the University of Iowa is where a piece of me will always belong. I enrolled the next Fall and four years later I still celebrate that decision everyday.

If you had a superpower for one day, what would it be?

If I had a superpower, I would want to be able to have super speed. It seems that I am always running somewhere, and I am often late, due to my various commitments across campus. With superspeed, I would have to spend less time getting from class to meeting to work, and more time to spend with my dog, Sherlock.

Why do you want to be a part of Homecoming Royalty?

When I reflect on previous candidates selected to be a part of the distinguished Homecoming Royalty Court, I think of how truly they cared about campus and everyone who is a part of the Hawkeye community. They have been instruments of change across campus, leaving it a better place than when they first arrived. They have been the truest embodiments of what it means to be a Hawkeye. I am so grateful to the candidates that I have known from previous years, because it has been, in part, due to their influence that lead to my own discovery of my passion to serve the Hawkeye community. I am honored to be a part of Homecoming Royalty with them and I hope that I too can be a campus role model for the next generation.

What would like to see changed in the world during your lifetime?

I want to see basic rights become more accessible in the United States and worldwide. We need increased accessibility to quality health care, education, housing, food, voting, and other human rights. Restricting access to basic rights is inhumane and we need to fix it. The changes are long overdue.

If you had the chance to redo one year on campus, which year would it be, and what would you do differently?

If I had the chance to redo one year on campus, I do not think that I would. I have appreciated every good and bad experience on campus because if it was not inherently good, it was an opportunity to grow and learn, and the culmination of those experiences eventually lead me here.

What is a fun fact that no one knows about you?

It is not a hidden fact, but I do not think that many people know that I have a twin brother as well as identical twin nieces.

University of Iowa Homecoming is a week where the community comes together to celebrate Hawkeye pride. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Nile Kinnick's birthday year. For more information on homecoming, visit