Thomas Smith

Hometown: Waco, Texas

College & Major: The University of Oklahoma, Journalism

Where do you work? Smith Pump Company as a Project Manager/Estimator

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Climbing

What do you like to do in your free time? Go to the park, go to the Greenbelt, play soccer, read books, climb on things.

How has an experience with a mentor impacted your own life? My grandfather taught me how to learn, and how to be a self-sufficient and competent person. He spent time with me and told me stories, asked what my thoughts and opinions were on matters, and basically became a friend. It is immeasurable how much I learned from my grandfather. The influence he has had on how my life has shaped, is tremendous.

What made you decide to be a mentor? I had heard about the program through a friend of a friend, and was told that they thought it would be something I would enjoy. So I talked a bit with some people in the program; listened about the summer trips that the groups go on, and thought it sounded like a great idea. Then when Explore Austin had an open meet and discuss forum at St Andrews, my friend sent me a link to the event. I went, and by then end I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.

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