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This issue’s Student-Athlete Spotlight is senior Bailey Diersen, guard on the University of Wisconsin-Stout women’s basketball team. Diersen is majoring in applied science and is from Wausau, Wisconsin.  

Why did you choose Stout?

When I visited Stout for the first time, it felt like home. I loved the close-knit community vibe that the city of Menomonie gave me. I also loved that I could have a major (Applied Sciences) that would allow me to take classes that interested me while also having a minor (Spanish) embedded into my major.

Outside of school and athletics, what are some other things you like to do?

I love spending time with my friends and family! I enjoy playing piano and reading a good book as well.

What are a few interesting facts about yourself?

I can play the ukulele. I also have a Newfoundland puppy named Moose!

Who is favorite pro-athlete and why?

I’ve always looked up to Skylar Diggins. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and she attended a local high school near where I lived. I went to a good amount of her high school games and she was a huge role model for me as a young basketball player. She’s a lefty like I am, so I think that’s why I first admired her. I’ve watched her through high school, college and now in the WNBA, and she continues to be my favorite pro-athlete.

What is your plan after college?

I am currently in the process of interviewing for physical therapy schools. I hope to get accepted to a program and begin graduate school after I graduate from UW-Stout this May.


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