Auburn Spotlight, Cody Bass

My favorite part about being involved is being able to invest in those who are younger than me.
Cody Bass

Spotlight Interview

Cody Bass is a senior majoring in media studies and minoring in marketing. A native of Auburn, Bass serves on the Student Government Association as a senator for the College of Liberal Arts and is the vice president of athletics for War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen. He has previously been a student recruiter for Auburn and held an assistant director position with Freshman Leadership Programs. 

Being an Auburn native, what made you decide to attend Auburn?

As some would like to say OFA, I am officially from Auburn. I have grown up on the Plains for 21 years and when applying for college, I knew Auburn was the only option for me. I applied other places my senior year in high school, but Auburn has always been home and I was always encouraged to come here. The thing that solidified my decision was when I joined my brother on a campus tour as a high school freshman. I learned so much more about the history and traditions from my tour guide, Jordan Holladay, that made Auburn so unique. He was the person that sold the Auburn Family concept to me. My strong connection with the university since birth and the ‘Eagles Nest’ portion of the student recruiter tour were the things that won me over and I knew Auburn was the place for me.

What achievement are you most proud of thus far in your time at Auburn? 

The achievement I am proudest of is being a member of War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen, or WEGP. Aside from my probate, the night of second round WEGP callouts was one of the most unforgettable memories I will take away while being at Auburn. Being a part of WEGP has allowed me to improve in all facets of my life. Because of the high expectations WEGP has set, it has pushed me to be the best that I can be. Many of the flaws I had as far as organization, punctuality, responsibility, I was faced when joining this organization and it forced me to improve upon these things. This standard pushed me to work hard and that hard work has helped me apply that to all aspects of my life. I came into WEGP as a leader, but also as a follower. I served under a great leadership. My willingness to follow and lead when appropriate has allowed me to enter a leadership role this year where I get to pour into a group that has given me so much over the past year. Along with those things, WEGP has allowed me to foster real relationships with people I will be friends with for the rest of my life. Because of the genuine bond formed among the people of WEGP, it has been a unique experience that has helped me cherish people and be real with my relationships. This family WEGP gave me allowed me to create families with people and organizations I am involved in around campus that directly ties into the strength and power of the entire Auburn Family.

How has Auburn set you up to achieve your goals after graduation?

Coming to Auburn has taught me a lot of things about myself and life in general. Auburn has exposed me to real life scenarios and has challenged me in ways that made me think and reflect. The most valuable lesson Auburn has taught me to achieve my goals after college is hard work. As a senior, I was given the chance to work hard at Auburn. That hard work since I stepped foot onto campus in 2013 has allowed me experience many cool opportunities that have gotten me to where I am today. But from experience, along with opportunities on one hand comes responsibility on the other. Auburn has taught me to take responsibility to make my life what I wanted. Auburn has taught me that hard work and preparation is key to being successful at Auburn, and that is the very first line of the Auburn Creed. We live in a practical world where we have the individual responsibility to take action in our lives. My experiences taught me that we have to earn success in life, and that is not found in being idle, meek and complacent, but rather being diligent, efficient and most of all hardworking.

Ideally, what would you like to do after graduation?

After receiving my bachelor’s degree in media studies, I want to become a broadcast journalist. I would like to work as a field/news reporter for a news station for a couple of years. I want to be a broadcast journalist to make the news fun and interesting while informing people of the truth. I want to make people interested in the news by creatively thinking of new ways to keep people engaged in current events. My ultimate goal is to be a co-anchor on The Today Show and replace Matt Lauer of course. 

What is your favorite part about being involved at Auburn?

My favorite part about being involved is being able to invest in those who are younger than me. I think one of the most important qualities of being a leader is preparing leaders who will be better leaders than you in the futures. So being able to take what I’ve learned throughout my involvement, reflecting on my experiences and evaluating what I could have improved and relaying that to students younger than me is very rewarding.

Apart from all of your involvement, what do you like to do in your free time?

When I actually do get a chance to take time for myself, I really enjoy sleeping and spending time with friends that I do not get to see on a regular basis. I think that the relationships that I have had outside of involvement have kept me humble and encouraged me to take steps to get to where I am today. So in my free time I like to take the opportunity to show my core group of friends my appreciation to them by being present and making time for them.

What is your favorite place to eat on campus and why?

When my Tiger Card has the necessary funds (which is usually the first three weeks of school), I like to treat myself to the Wellness Kitchen. It is hands down the best dining option on campus. Aside from the variety of food choices, the food is very healthy and is comparable to a five-star restaurant.

What is your favorite Auburn memory?

My favorite memory while being at Auburn would have to be my fraternity initiation. In historically black fraternities and sororities, there is usually a neophyte presentation where we perform for the entire campus. Having worked hard throughout the semester preparing for the presentation, it was very rewarding being able to showcase our hard work to the rest of the student body from all areas of campus. It was a great away to connect with the Greek culture, while also bringing people out of the comfort zone and introducing something new to them as well. It was a great experience and it had definitely been the most memorable thing about my unique Auburn experience.