Trenton Bailey

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
College: Elon University and Trevecca Nazarene University

At Elon University, I worked for our outdoors program as a trip leader and a facilitator for our high/low ropes course and fell in love with experiential education as I saw people overcome their fears and learn who they truly are.

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, I graduated from Elon with my second bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2019. At Elon, I had the opportunity to lead a hiking trip to the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree, a sea kayaking trip in Virginia, and a rock climbing in North Carolina. Also, I led a weeklong backpacking trip for 11th graders through Inside Out in western North Carolina. In 2016, I earned my first bachelor’s degree in social justice from Trevecca Nazarene University. While at Trevecca, I was a resident assistant, president of social life for the residence hall association and vice president of social life for student government assembly. Also, I ran on the cross country team. In my free time, I enjoy training and running in marathons, going for long trail runs, rock climbing, and playing disc golf with my friends.

In 2019, I led Rocky Mountain Explorer. My last day of my summer, I was able to spend time with two of my students while looking at Longs Peak and playing games. That same day I got to help another student who was homesick, and we talked about bears for an hour because that was the only thing that would take his mind away from home. In dessert circle that night, all three students said that I was their high of the day. I didn’t realize how important I was to them in those moments, but I felt incredibly special and it made me realize how much of an impact we can have on our students.