A local grad looks to give back to community.
After earning his bachelor’s degree Dec. 19 from University of Wisconsin-Stout, Bailey Roux can look back on numerous highlights and proud moments that were packed into four years on campus.
He graduated with honors from the criminal justice and rehabilitation program, making the dean’s list six times, and he played three years and was a captain of the Blue Devil football team this season, which was canceled because of COVID-19.
Squeezed into those busy college days as a student athlete, Roux was doing something else that he’ll never forget. During the spring of 2019 and 2020, he interned at the Boys and Girls Club in Menomonie. There, he fell in love with helping young people.
He enjoyed it so much that in fall 2021 he will enroll in UW-Stout’s Master of Science program in school counseling.
As part of his major, he took a counseling class “and absolutely loved doing it. I really want to be in a school setting and make a difference, so what better career than a counselor?
“I plan to use the skills I learned both in the classroom as well as my internships to make me a better school counselor,” said Roux, who is from Rice Lake. “I feel it really geared me to want to be in a school setting in the future.”
Roux believes he found his true calling working with youth.
“It is really easy to talk to someone your own age, but when you’re talking to a child who ranges from eight to 12 years old, it is a big difference,” Roux said. “You almost have to look from their point of view and explain what you’re trying to convey to them in a way that gets them to understand.”
During his internships, 200 hours each spring, he enjoyed being a role model while developing educational and recreational activities for club members. The club meets at River Heights Elementary in Menomonie and is part of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley.
Roux played center for the Blue Devils, starting every game beginning in his first year. He made the all-conference second team twice and was one of 199 national semifinalists for the prestigious Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the best scholar athlete football players in the nation.
He was one of just three players from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and one of just 40 from NCAA Division III to be named a semifinalist.