Hometown: Torrington, Connecticut
Major: Audio and Music Production
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Music in Audio and Music Production
Activities: Kathwari Honors Program, WCSU Judicial Board member, Sigma Delta Tau (2013-15), WCSU Spirit Band playing tenor saxophone (2015-17), student employee in the Career Services Office (all four years of college), Housing and Residence Life Resident Assistant (2015-17), participated in Western Day of Service
INTERNSHIPS: Currently interning at Raw Recording, a recording studio in Patterson, New York
Honors and Awards: Dean’s List seven semesters, Housing and Residence Life Programmer of the Year, Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities (2015-16), inducted into National Society of Leadership and Success, inducted into National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Housing and Residence Life Bulletin Boards of the Year (2016-17)
When asked why she came to Western Connecticut State University, Jasmine Bailey gets right to the point. "WestConn is really the only school I applied to," she says. "It was affordable and not a million miles away. Our outstanding music department drew me in and the Kathwari Honors Program fastened my seat belt."
Bailey says that music has always been an integral part of her life. "My father started me playing guitar in second grade and I found his saxophone in the closet the same year, and I’ve been playing ever since. I love making music and creating sounds that make people feel things. I've also always had a strong interest in art and have strived to find ways to intertwine both music and art, which is why I decided to minor in art."
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Bailey says, "My Drawing I class my freshman year with Santo Bruno. That guy had such beautiful white hair that we probably could have spent the entire semester painting and these big bushy eyebrows that were dark gray on one end and white at the other end. He was kind and hilarious, and created a learning environment that was not only inspiring and motivating, but also allowed friendships to grow among all the students. It’s not in every class that you get to really know your neighbor."
Looking ahead to her future, Bailey says she plans to be a storyteller. "I have finally found something that allows me to dabble in art and music at the same time. I plan to compose music and make animated short films, and maybe one day have a studio that has made as much of an impact on the world as Studio Ghibli or Pixar has."
Bailey's advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Do something because you enjoy it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can only be one thing. Branch outside of your major and you might find something that you really enjoy. Whether it fits with your major or not, you’ve still grown as a person and you did something for you."