Your Turn

Your Turn/Rachel Smith

Posted: May. 12, 2019 12:01 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a veterinarian because I wanted to help the various animals we raised on our family farm (everything from cows, horses and chickens to sheep, dogs and cats).

What would you rather be doing right now? Horseback riding definitely.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I am still pursuing veterinary school. Since my job at the Pike-Scott Farm Bureau is only part-time, I'm able to finish up some prerequisites I didn't take at Truman State University (graduated early there in December 2017) in order to apply this fall 2019.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Well, my wedding day is this Sept. 21, so I haven't quite gotten that far yet, and Jesse and I only have fur children, so I'd have to say my proudest moment so far has been graduating early from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., with summa cum laude honors with a bachelor of science in agricultural science with a minor in equine studies and concentrations in both animal science and agricultural business.

I always laugh when ... I'm around my dad. He never fails to cheer me up when things aren't going the way I'd expect.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? I'd have to say a few family members that we have lost. My Great-Grandpa Floyd "Stub" Smith, my Aunt Robin and my Grandma Minnie Booker. It would be nice to have a good visit with them again, and I'd invite their closest relations (sons, husbands, daughters) so that they could enjoy the moment too.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... an overachieving country girl who played sports. I was in almost everything you could be involved in at my high school, but I also was very active outside of school with my church and 4-H, while maintaining my grades. I was valedictorian of my class.

America should be more concerned about ... our own country and our own people before we get into the affairs of others. There are people starving and suffering in the U.S. today, which is ridiculous considering we have the highest capabilities to produce the maximum food quantities per square foot around; no one in America should be starving.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "Think about it. Figure it out," from my Grandma Vivian. When I was younger (and even sometimes today), my brain doesn't work as fast as my body moves, and there are times when I get really frustrated that I can't complete something or something doesn't go the way I want it to on the first try.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... play softball in college.

My favorite item of clothing is ... I'd say my boots (if that counts). I've bought the same brand of boots (Double HH brand) from Boyers in Quincy since I was in the seventh grade. They fit my feet really well, they last and they're definitely my favorite choice of footwear.

If I've learned anything at all ... Don't settle. If you're unhappy with something, change your situation. It's not worth being miserable for the rest of your life doing something or being with someone who doesn't make you happy each and every day.

Rachel Leeann Smith, 23, is the agriculture literacy coordinator for the Pike-Scott Farm Bureau. She grew up on a farm east of Perry, Ill, that her parents still own and operate. Smith is engaged to be married in September to Jesse Poor, who she's been with for seven years; they have a dog named Ryder and a cat named Miss Kitty. Smith has many hobbies that all involve being outdoors -- hunting, fishing, sports and horseback riding -- and she also loves to cook.