Lucy Smart, born and raised in Covington, Louisiana, graduated magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College with a double major in Spanish and global and comparative studies. While at BSC, Lucy was an Orientation Leader and a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, where she served as Vice President of Member Education.  As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Alicante, Spain, and interned at United Way. After working with Impact, Lucy plans to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector.

What was your most meaningful service experience in college and why?

During my senior year, I began tutoring and helping in the office at Tuggle Elementary School. The school has a huge emerging Spanish-speaking population, so I was able to use my knowledge of Spanish to help students and parents who struggled with English. Tuggle is right down the road from BSC—literally a two minute drive, so spending time there really opened my eyes to the needs of Birmingham that were right in front of me and pushed me to apply to work for Impact.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Something I’m really proud of is choosing to go to college away from Louisiana and my family and friends. Making that choice not only helped me become independent but also pushed me into other decisions like spending a semester abroad and staying in Birmingham after graduation.