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20 Questions with Cody Cook '14

By Erin Jansen, Development Communications Intern | March 5, 2012

1. What is your class year and major?

I am a sophomore majoring in Spanish and minoring in education

2. Describe where you’re from in one sentence.

Home of the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Hot Brown-Louisville!

3. Why Centre?

I went to the Governor's Scholars Program here and from the moment I set foot on campus I knew it was where I was meant to be. The people are friendly, the facilities are beautiful, the academics are rigorous, and the possibilities are endless. I knew that I would have the opportunity to study abroad and meet people from all over the world.

"I am studying abroad right now in Merida, Mexico! I heard a lot of great things about the program and now I am getting to witness Mexican culture first-hand and practice Spanish!"

Cody is currently studying abroad in Merida,
pictured here at the Chichen Itza.

4. Where is your favorite place on Centre’s campus?

I would have to say the Campus Center. I am a very involved and social person. The Campus Center always has students around to chat, as well as the Student Life Office and the Student Organization Suite where I spend a lot of time. It serves as my study space, snack space, meeting space, and many other things and is a really nice facility with a lot of cool features.

5. When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

It changed regularly... and still does, but for the longest time I wanted to become a physician. I wanted to help people and was fascinated by medicine and all of the work that physicians do. Since I have been at Centre, I have realized just how many career possibilities there are and the more I explore possibilities the more interested I become in them.

6. Did you study abroad? If so, describe your experience.

I am studying abroad right now (Spring Semester of 2012) in Merida, Mexico! I heard a lot of great things about the program and now I am getting to witness Mexican culture first-hand and practice Spanish!

7. Favorite book (or author)?

My favorite book is most definitely ‘The Last Lecture’ by Randy Pausch. It is very inspiring and eye-opening.

8. What is the single most valuable lesson you have learned so far at Centre?

I have learned a ton of things at Centre, but the most valuable lesson I have learned is probably to treat every day like it’s my last. It is important to do things for me and what makes me happy and to take advantage of the opportunities that come my way.

9. All-time favorite movie and why?

My all-time favorite movie is a documentary called ‘Waiting for Superman.’ It is a very interesting film that first sparked my interest in education and has helped to shape my future.

10. Best class you’ve taken at Centre so far?

Actualizing the Big Spill with Dr. Matt Klooster. We spent 2 weeks on campus studying the oil spill and all of the elements that went into it, and we spent one week in Alabama learning about the oil spill hands on. We went to a beach that had tar balls, we interviewed people affected by the spill, we got up close and personal with an actual oil rig, and even spent an evening in New Orleans. It was a great class and I learned a lot from it.

11. If you could have lived in a different time era, what would it be?

I would probably want to live in the late 1800s. It seems like a very different time period, and I would love to see the dress and the culture back then.

12. Dream career after graduation?

This is a good question. At this point, my dream career would probably be to become a dean of students at a college or university. I enjoy student life and being involved, and I feel that being the dean of students would be a good way to be in administration while also having the opportunity to get to know the students.

13. Person – fictional, living or deceased – who you would most like to be for a day?

I would most like to be Harry Potter. I’m a huge fan and would love to be able to use magic. I’m actually still waiting on my Hogwarts acceptance letter. The Office of Admissions there is a little slow :/ .

14. What are you involved in on campus?

A lot! I am on the Alumni Board of Directors, Campus Improvements Committee Chair in SGA, Treasurer of TOMS Club, and am a member of Phi Kappa Tau, Centre Democrats, Residence Life Staff, and a few other things. I really enjoy being a part of student life on campus and have found that it helps to make new friends and meet a ton of new people.

15. Place in the world you would most like to visit?

Kenya. I would love to go to Kenya on a mission trip. The African culture is so fascinating and different. It would be a great and life-changing experience.

"The donors are what allow Centre to be so awesome. The facilities on campus are amazing and very comfortable, and I feel that I have the proper work spaces and equipment on campus to get my work done and receive a great education."

16. Which member of Centre’s faculty has had the biggest impact on your Centre Experience?

Definitely Dr. Matthew Klooster. He is a great professor, mentor, and a very generous and caring person. I trust that he knows what he is doing and what he is talking about, and I always know that he is there for me if I need someone to talk to. He is a great person, and I admire him a lot.

17. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself in a grad program in either philanthropic studies, higher education administration or getting my Ed.D in education. There are so many options and I don’t have them narrowed down yet, but education is something I’m very passionate about and can see myself pursuing.

18. What is your most prized possession?

Probably my iPhone. I check my e-mail regularly and can keep in contact with new and old friends via phone calls, texting, Facebook, etc. It is a single device that does so many things and helps me to keep in touch.

19. What one thing about Centre would you never change?

The size! I like the size around where it is. A little expansion is fine and will give more people the opportunity to enjoy the Centre Experience, but too much could take away from the personal education. Throughout my Centre career, I have developed great relationships with my professors and know of or know the face of almost every person on campus. It makes Centre feel more like a home and is definitely a unique aspect of the Centre Experience.

20. As you know, thousands of donors make gifts to Centre every year. How do you feel you have benefitted from their generosity?

IN SO MANY WAYS!! The donors are what allow Centre to be so awesome. The facilities on campus are amazing and very comfortable, and I feel that I have the proper work spaces and equipment on campus to get my work done and receive a great education. I am also a big Centre fan, and the athletic programs and fields on campus are great! The money that they put toward the school has also helped me tremendously with tuition. Without donors, I would not have been able to come to Centre College in the first place.

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