Laura Smith

Drama Alumna Sets Sights on Hollywood

Laura Smith ’14 graduated from UST in May with a drama major and big plans for her future. Laura-Smith---centerShe is moving to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of working in film, television and possibly theater as well. “I believe the UST faculty have prepared me for this, showing me tremendous support and individualized attention,” Smith said. “I received an excellent, well-rounded education.” UST became a home base for Smith, who was homeschooled through Kolbe Academy because her family moved frequently to accommodate her father’s career as an Army officer. “I chose UST because of the faith-based atmosphere and the fantastic Drama Department,” Smith said. “I love the supportive and creative environment the department offers its students.” During her UST drama career, Smith played Annie Sullivan in “The Miracle Worker,” Mabel Chiltern in “An Ideal Husband” and Viola/Cesario in “Twelfth Night.” She was also named to multiple honor societies, including the National Theatre Honor Society, the Aquinas Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa. For Smith, like most other UST students, scholarships made a tremendous difference in her ability to attend. “I would like to thank the donors for their unyielding support. Their assistance extends beyond the world of academia and into our futures; that is invaluable.”