Laura Smith

Story and photo by Brandon Olson, NewsNetNebraska

Laura Smith is a very active person.

She likes hiking, running and biking, and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania during the summer of 2012.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln senior news-editorial major from Waverly would love nothing more than to write for a magazine such as Runner’s World, or at least get a job that allows her to travel.

“I haven’t traveled a lot,” Smith said, “but I want to do a lot more.”

Smith has a personal goal of running a half-marathon in all 50 states. The count stands at five down, 45 to go. She has already knocked off Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Indiana, and plans to take South Dakota off the list this semester.

When she isn’t running somewhere, Smith likes to settle down with a good book.