YOU NEED TO KNOW: Codi Plaster
Meet Codi Plaster, the student services coordinator and recruiter for the Department of Poultry Science. Codi is an Auburn native, and she says growing up here is one of the greatest experiences she has had.
“My parents moved off after graduating from Auburn but eventually came back to the Loveliest Village for my dad to complete a master’s, so I got to grow up in Auburn, which is exactly as wonderful as it sounds,” Plaster says.
Her father, a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, majored in agricultural economics in the College of Agriculture and met her mother, who was a horticulture major.
Codi graduated from Auburn in communication disorders and now spends her days coordinating student recruitment events and assisting current poultry and food science students.
What drew you to the College of Agriculture?
I have many family members who have graduated from the College of Agriculture, so I have always been familiar with it. I initially came because I needed a job, but I stayed because of the friendly and supportive work environment.
What advice do you have for students looking to attend Auburn University and the College of Agriculture?
It’s all right to not have everything figured when you first get here. Take advantage of all the opportunities—speakers, lunches, organizations, professional development—that come up. You never know when you will have the chance to learn about something new and interesting or network with a potential employer (and, there’s usually free food!).
What is your favorite part of your job?
I really love sitting down with high school students and their parents – it’s so fulfilling to be a resource of all the opportunities available through the College of Agriculture and Auburn University as a whole. My favorite is when the family roots for the other team, but they know Auburn is where they need to be to reach their educational and professional goals. Most of them will end up cheering for AU – but I usually don’t tell them that, they wouldn’t believe me anyway.
What does a typical day in the office look like for you?
Most days involve a lot of emails and usually a meeting. I plan recruiting events, campus visits and professional development for current poultry and food science students. I help with departmental communications, our student’s ePortfolios and the Poultry Science Club. I also advise the new freshmen and coordinate our FFA outreach.