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Student Spotlight: Zac Moss shows what it means to be a real star

Humble Beginnings: Zac Moss Shows What It Means to be a Real Star
Written by Ally Shumpert, student author in the College of Liberal Arts

Zac Moss on stageAuthor Roy T. Bennett once said, “To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are”, but in today’s world, that is a more daunting task than some may think. However, a student at Auburn University has made it his mission to shine his brightest light and embody everything this quote states and more.  

A third-year student studying Theatre and Agricultural Communications at Auburn University, Zac Moss has epitomized what it means to be a true star on and off the stage. Moss graduated from Bob Jones High School in Madison, Alabama, and has had his eyes set on success from the very beginning. In regard to his own “Auburn Story,” Moss describes an encounter he had with Student Services Coordinator Tori Jones at a college fair while he was still in high school. Moss says that Jones told him about the College of Liberal Arts Diversity Scholarship as well as gave him a pamphlet including information on what the requirements were and how to apply. Because the scholarship is only awarded to one recipient per year, Moss was skeptical to apply at first. Although he met the GPA and testing requirements, Moss questioned whether he had what it would take to set him apart from the other candidates. One month later, Moss visited another college fair while in Nashville, Tennessee, where he ran into Jones again and was reminded to apply for the scholarship that they had previously discussed. Taking his encounters with Jones as a sign, Moss decided to apply for the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Diversity Scholarship.    

Seven months after his encounter with Jones, Moss had been accepted to Auburn University, awarded the CLA Diversity scholarship, as well as an elite agricultural scholarship, and had auditioned and won a theatre scholarship. With an already incredible track record, Moss accepted the scholarships, became an Auburn student, and has not stopped since. As only the second recipient of the CLA Diversity scholarship, Moss has had an incredible opportunity to create a lasting relationship with his donors. He says his perspective on receiving the scholarship has changed significantly because of the relationship he has with his donors, and after feeling nervous about the expectations he may have to live up to, the scholarship donors assured him he was the perfect fit, reminding him that they will always be cheering him on from the sidelines. 

Moss says that he has learned there is no perfect model to what a scholarship recipient should look or act like, and when asked what advice he would give to someone trying to apply for the College of Liberal Arts Diversity Scholarship, he said you should “unapologetically be yourself. If you have the grades, a passion for what you want to study, and the will to succeed, you have a great chance of being chosen.”  

Because of the relationship Moss has with his scholarship donors, who have continuously instilled confidence and lent their support time and time again, he has been encouraged to continue to pursue greatness at Auburn. Since his freshman year, Moss has been cast in seven different plays, with his most recent casting being “Cameron” from “Bring It On: The Musical,” which will debut in February. Moss says some of his most memorable moments at Auburn have come from his time spent in the theatre, and when asked what advice he would give to students trying to pursue a role in a theatrical performance at Auburn, Moss said, “I would say come and give it your absolute best. The theatre department is always looking for non-major students to put in their shows, and anybody is capable of acting!” 

Upon graduation, Moss’s dream job is to be cast in a sitcom or in a show produced by a hit streaming service such as HBO’s “Euphoria” or “The Office.” If this doesn’t work out, Moss aims to stay in the spotlight in one way or another by being cast in a role either on stage or on-screen.  

Moss says the Department of Theatre at Auburn has been described before as one of the hardest working departments on campus, and he says that although there will be a lot of long nights spent memorizing lines and learning songs, one thing make it all worthwhile. “The applause at the end of the night puts a feeling of energy that feels like it will last forever, and that makes all the hard work worth it.”  

Last Updated: January 17, 2020