From Hyattsville, MD, Terrance Smith graduated from Morgan State University in Baltimore. He majored in Journalism. Smith was involved in the "The MSU Spokesman," Morgan State’s student-run newspaper. He wrote music reviews, and reported on events on MSU’s campus. Smith also was involved in Morgan State’s National Association of Black Journalists chapter, where he served as president and formerly was secretary. Smith also interned at the Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper.