By David Fong
TROY — The thought of going to college — and leaving behind all she knows and loves — is a frightening one for Bailey Dornbusch.
“I almost cry when I think about it,” the Troy High School senior said. “I’m very close to my family. I’m a very family-0riented person. I know I’m going to miss them all a lot when I leave for college.”
Which is why, when it came time to choose where she would attend school and play soccer, Dornbusch selected a school and a soccer team that made her feel like family. Next week, Dornbusch will sign her national letter of intent to play soccer at Anderson University, a small, Christian college in Indiana.
“Their coach really reached out to me,” Dornbusch said of why she chose Anderson. “I really liked the coaches and I really liked the girls on the team. It’s a small college, which was important to me. They really made me feel like I was a member of the family when I went there.
“Going away to college is going to be hard enough for me as it is — but I think being able to play soccer in college is going to make it a lot easier for me.”
There was one other aspect about Anderson that appealed to Dornbusch — alcohol is not permitted on campus. Dornbusch said she wanted to go to a college where “cracking one open” meant a book, not a beer.
“I wanted to go to a ‘dry’ campus,” she said. “That was very important to me. My parents (Rusty and Missy) don’t drink, either. I’ve never been around that and I don’t care to be around that.”
On the field, Dornbusch brings a wealth of talent to the Ravens. A natural midfielder, she was a first-team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division selection this past fall as a senior and was named special mention as a junior. Her ability to spread the ball around from the midfield is what most impressed the Anderson coaching staff, she said.
“They said they like how I look at the whole field and I’m not a ball hog,” she said. “They also said they like my leadership and will want me to be a team leader there.”
Dornbusch said she’s happy to finally have the college selection process over with and is looking to start the next chapter in her life.
“It got to be very overwhelming for me,” she said. “I actually had some health issues because of all the stress. I had a couple of other schools reach out to me, but they really weren’t my type. Anderson is where I belong.. It’s a huge relief to be going there.”
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