Bailey Thomson

Bailey Thomson
  • Class of 2010
  • Hometown: Richmond, VA
  • Major(s): Government & Middle Eastern Studies
  • Archived Blogger

About Bailey Thomson

Campus Activities: Undergraduate Honor Council- Chief Justice; Admissions Office- Summer Intern, Tour Guide, Tribe Ambassador; President’s Aide; Mortar Board; Alpha Phi Omega Community Service Fraternity; Students Helping Honduras- Treasurer, Trip Leader, Student Staff Member; Phi Beta Delta International Studies Honor Society- President; Residence Life- Russian House RA 2008-2009; International Relations Club- Model UN Travel Team Member; Sharpe Community Scholars Program- Fellow for Citizenship and the Community; NAACP- 2009 and 2010 Image Awards Committee Chair; Monroe Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa; Government Honors thesis

Curiosities: stencil graffiti (Banksy, Bananensprayer, Blek le Rat, Elyasaf Kowner, Dave Kinsey); world travel; glaciers as sediment transporters; spoken word poetry (Shihan, Rafael Casal, Taylor Mali, Black Ice, Jon Goode, Gemineye, Mayda del Valle); educational policy; international languages; Southern food; political philosophy (James Baldwin, Jacques Derrida); the biopsychology of memory; hip hop music (Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Biggie, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, the Roots, Common)

Favorite Books: The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman by Hunter S. Thompson, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers; The Book of Embraces by Eduardo Galeano; Wall and Piece by Banksy

Favorite Foods: bacon, sweet tea, wiener schnitzel (from Wirtshaus in der Au, Munich), collard greens (from Pierce’s Pit BBQ, Williamsburg), corn bread, my Mama’s breakfast casserole and spinach souffle

Favorite Quotes:

There’s nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place. // Banksy

Good is the enemy of great. Few people attain great lives, precisely because it is easy to settle for a good life. // Jim Collins

We really emptied oceans with a homemade spoon and tore down mountains with our hands. // James Baldwin

Love, live life, proceed, progress. // Lil Wayne

Posts by Bailey Thomson

U is for University (Day)

Youth Day, celebrated in South Africa annually on 16 June, commemorates the 1976 Soweto Uprising, in which students in the Soweto township during the

W is for Wedding

In two days, I am flying from Johannesburg, South Africa to Washington D.C. to celebrate my best friend Allison’s wedding in northern Virginia.  This

X is for (Ted)x(CollegeofWilliamandMary)

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa, where fall has officially begun!  While the College is getting warmer and the Sunken Garden is filling up with

F is for Ferndale

Even though I may not contribute consistently to the W&M blogosphere, I do actively follow news from the College and greater Williamsburg.  And this

H is for Home

“Our hearts are with thee, dear William and Mary, however far we stray.” I returned to William and Mary this week after fourteen months

T is for Teaching (Pt. 2)

There was a time in my life when I believed that I would eventually become a strict adherent to the Gregorian calendar.  I was

E is for Essay

The following are titles of particularly interesting papers I have written in the past eight semesters.  Of course, "interesting" is relative.  And, as you can see,

G is for Grilled Cheese

The following is an entry I submitted to "The Little Things at WM," a blog dedicated to celebrating the small moments that make campus

L is for Laundry

Because my Honors thesis advising meetings are on Wednesdays at 11am, I consistently find myself awake and working (read: procrastinating) late into Tuesday evening.