Cody King

A closer walk

Cody King began his college career on the Hill in 2011 brimming with excitement for what the future might bring.

“I knew that LaGrange was the place for me. Although the courses were demanding, that’s what I needed because I want to be a veterinarian. I was ready for the challenge.”

But he wasn’t ready for what happened next.

“My mom was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma cancer in her heart. The tumor can’t be surgically removed because of its location, and she can’t have radiation therapy. The only thing she can do is chemotherapy. There is no chance it will go into remission. My mom is my role model, my inspiration, my everything, so I just lost my focus.”

After struggling academically that semester, he chose to leave LaGrange and transfer to Columbus State University so he could care for his mother in their home in Gay, Ga.

“I was able to stay home more with mom and still do my class work. It was what I needed to do.”

When his mom’s condition began to improve, Cody mentioned he would like to return to LaGrange.

“She really wanted me to come back. She said she didn’t want to hold me back from what I wanted to do just because she is sick. College is very important to her – I am the first one in the family to go to college.”

Cody returned with a new purpose and drive. He says his problem-solving class has increased his thinking skills, allowing him to approach things differently and not get frustrated if he doesn’t understand something.

“The professors here are so great because they honestly care about you as a person, not just as a student. I can go to them if I need help with my studies, or just to talk. Some of them know about my mom, and they are always checking on me and her.”

Although the college’s nurturing atmosphere attracted him initially, Cody says it is the Spiritual Life program that has meant the most.

“I want to strengthen my faith, and this is the place I can do that. Blair Tolbert (Director of Student Ministries) has introduced me to all the activities here. I am ecstatic about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes because I was an officer in my high school’s FCA. There is so much here to help students grow in their faith.”

Cody has his eyes fixed firmly on the future. He says he always knew he wanted to be a veterinarian.

“I grew up on a farm, and we always had horses, goats, wallabies, kangaroos, rabbits, deer, dogs, cats – just the basics.”

The basics? Wallabies and kangaroos?

“We have an exotic animal license because we rehabilitate animals, like deer who are hit by cars. We nurse them back to health. My sister wanted to raise something nobody else had. We have a friend in Dublin, Ga., who has a kangaroo farm. He sends us a baby; we raise it and send it back for breeding. And he’ll send us another baby.”

Cody says he’s always been known as the animal guy.

“I’m the one who pulls over to move turtles out of the road. If someone finds a stray animal, they’ll bring it to me so I can find a new home for it.  I just love animals, and would dearly love to attend the vet school at Auburn University.”

He knows his path will not be easy, but his focus and faith bring him peace.

“I’m doing this for my mom. She wants me to finish college regardless of what her future may be. And I want to make my connection to God better. I fully rely on Him in this situation – I know He has a reason, even if I don’t understand it. I want to strengthen my faith so He can comfort me and my family, and help us get through this.”

Friends for the Journey

LaGrange College attracts the best and the brightest from all over the world. For example, our most recent incoming class consisted of men and women from 19 states and 10 countries, and included:

  • 76 members of Beta Club or the National Honor Society
  • 71 members of service organizations
  • 51 team captains in varsity sports
  • 25 leaders involved in student government, with 11 presidents
  • Three students involved in school publications, one as editor
  • Two Eagle Scouts
  • 20 musicians in band or orchestra
  • 18 singers in choir
  • 31 entertainers in performing arts
  • 85 students in religious activities.

But you don’t have to be a star in high school to succeed at LaGrange. Here, you’re given the opportunity to discover the best in yourself and find your destiny – all in a caring and supportive environment.