10 MOST INTERESTING PEOPLE AT KOFA: Christopher Smart
May 16, 2012 • Priscila Ortiz, Health and Fitness Editor
Filed under Features
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, interesting is defined as “holding attention”. When talking to Christopher Smart he certainly does exactly that. Smart is involved in the welding club at school and competes statewide with his teammates. A former Army brat, Smart grew up moving around many times. From California to Oregon, back to California, and then a move in 2001 to Japan, then in 2007 he came to Arizona to grace Kofa with his welding skills. Smart has many loves in his life which involve his motorcycle, girlfriend, friends, family, and of course welding.
Smart could not have been born with a better last name. He’s been on top of his school work for quite awhile now. He was finished with all four math credits by the end of his freshman year. He is also halfway done with his associate’s degree in welding technologies since he’s been taking college courses since the summer after sophomore year. Smart has also been playing the piano since he went to Japan. However, school and music are just at the surface of what makes Smart interesting.
When Smart came back from Japan he had a goal: go to school on a motorcycle for his last two years of high school just like his dad. Before stepping onto the Kofa campus Smart managed to get his motorcycle license. He did not have the money for his motorcyle right away, but on his 18th birthday his parents surprised him with his very own motorcycle.
“I get by with a little help from my friends,” is a quote that Smart lives by. The most important thing to Smart would be his friends and family. He believes to improve in anything in life you have to have a good group of people to support you. According to Smart, his family and friends have taught him many lessons in life and they made him who he is today. He feels that without their support and advice he could not have gotten so far in life.
“Everyday with Smart is an adventure,” said Charlotte Wilson, one of Smart’s best friends. You take welding chaps, lighter fluid, a stricker, Vincent Johnson, Charlotte, and Smart in room, what do you get? Boom, Baked Chris! Yes, Smart has been on fire (literally) and he liked it. He assures that safety precautions were taken before Vincent lit the striker.
Smart has experienced the highs and lows of a long distance relationship. He knew going into that type of relationship was going to be extremely tricky, but he still went through with it and said, “ It was either I stand out and show her that we have a future together or it’s not going to work”. He admits that it was difficult because they only see each other once a month since she lives in California, but they are still going strong. “Talk, trust, and be into it. You can’t be half in.” His girlfriend is a big part of his present and future; however, one of Smart’s greatest loves is welding.
“My biggest regret is not getting into welding my freshman year. Biggest regret hands down. But do I fester over it and say I should have been in it? Not at all. Do I wish it? Yeah. I just let it go and try to make up for the time I lost. Because I would have been way better if I was in it at the beginning. The earlier you start out, the more you talk, the more you do anything, it helps you out at the end,” said Smart. Smart hopes to work at a large welding company or owning his very own welding business and then eventually be given the opportunity to weld in space.