Marcus Smith is a senior from Bolingbrook, Illinois, majoring in Political Science and Ethics & Public Policy.
What is a fun fact that no one knows about you?
I can recite basically every line to the movie The Incredibles, and I may or may not have a countdown set for the long-awaited release of the sequel (Does it really take 14 years to make a movie @Disney and Pixar?!)
What is a favorite memory from The University of Iowa?
One of my fondest memories was my first pre-game performance with the Hawkeye Marching Band at Kinnick Stadium. I remember being super nervous beforehand, but the energy of 70,000 fans cheering you on while doing something you love is something that I will never forget.
If you had a superpower for one day, what would it be?
I would love to have the power of telekinesis. Whenever I am late to something, 90% of the time it is because I had to spend 10-15 minutes tearing up my whole apartment trying to find my wallet, and with this power I could find it just by thinking about it!
Why do you want to be a part of Homecoming Royalty?
I believe that Homecoming Royalty should be role models, and while it is nearly impossible to be an inclusive representative of a student body of 24,000, I do represent the narrative that you can come to Iowa knowing no one, put yourself out there, get a little lost along the way, and end up discovering who you truly are and what you want to become, and I feel that a lot of students can relate to that.
What is something you would like to see changed in the world within your generation?
I would like to see our generation take more tangible strides towards eradicating poverty. Poverty is the root cause of several other global issues such as hunger, lack of clean water, spread of communicable diseases, violence, and lack of education, so ensuring that all humans have access to basic services and opportunities for economic advancement are key in creating a more productive and equitable world.
If you had the chance to redo one year on campus, which year would it be, and what would you do differently?
Every experience, good and bad, has gotten me where I am today, but I would definitely love to redo junior year because I was stressed out! During this time, classes were getting harder, I had more leadership responsibilities in student orgs, and I was getting so worked up in the day-to-day stress that I was missing the big picture and forgot how grateful I am to be surrounded by such amazing people at an incredible institution. If I could, I would go back and make a more intentional effort in the relationship building side of my life, for all we will have once we leave is the memories we made and the people we shared them with. I would tell myself to enjoy college, for they aren’t lying when they say it goes by in the blink of an eye!