Senior Spotlight: Kendall Smith

Kendall Smith has Big Goals Set for the Future

Gillian Corona, Reporter

With a passion for kickboxing, writing and serving others, senior Kendall Smith has her eyes on a few prizes.

Smith is in three AP classes, NHS, NEHS, Rho Kappa, Mu Alpha Theta, Environmental Club, Key Club, Poetry club and has a part time job at Panera. On top of this, she finds 30 minutes six days a week for kickboxing.

Her kickboxing hobby started a few months ago after she quit track and was looking for a new way to stay active.

“I really enjoy it,” Smith said. “It’s nice because I wanted to get back into the routine of working out and having an incentive [to do so].”

Smith said that trying something new was her biggest obstacle.

“When I started out, I was really nervous because I get a lot of anxiety over trying new things by myself,” Smith said. “I was trying to get some of my friends to come with me, but then they had stuff to do, so I just went by myself. It was really awkward, but the trainer is really cool and it kicks my butt everyday.”

Next year, Smith plans to attend Texas State, which does not offer kickboxing.

“I’m just going to have to figure out how to make myself do that everyday,” Smith said. “Texas State has a pretty cool workout facility and they have a boxing area with bags and stuff so I might do [kickboxing] there.”

At Texas State, Smith plans to double major in Wildlife Biology and Journalism with a minor in German. Over the summer, she wants to get an internship at one of the Texas State parks, or something related to environmental sciences, in order to get field work.

“I want to do environmental journalism, if that’s a thing,” Smith said. “Ultimately, I want to be a journalist for National Geographic, which is super in the future and it’s really competitive, but I want to try that.”

Smith is also involved in her church community at Hill Country Bible Church. She participates in Great Adventure, which is a mix of mission trips, Boot Camp and Backyard Bible Club. This is all to help prepare people to spread the gospel in a simple and understandable way. She said that she hopes to continue doing it in the future.

“After my first year in college I’m going to try to intern with the whole Great Adventure deal,” Smith said. “I think it’s pretty cool and I feel like I can do it all right.” 

The journalism aspect would help me go tell the stories of the people I meet through these experiences”

— Kendall Smith

After college, Smith said that she plans to take a few years off.

In this time, she said that she wishes to join the Peace Corps and do a nine month mission trip called The World Race, which would bring her to 11 different countries.

“I feel like the World Race and Peace Corps will help me build my resume and gain experience to appeal to potential employers,” Smith said. “More importantly [it will] better the lives of people in impoverished countries and empower them with my knowledge so they can continue to help others. Also, I feel like the journalism aspect would help me go tell the stories of the people I meet through these experiences, which will hopefully motivate other people to go and better the world in their own way.