Daniel Johnson: Capitalizing on every opportunity!
Minot State University takes center stage as a destination of opportunity for creative students like senior, Daniel Johnson. For Johnson, a native of Ray, N.D, attending MSU is all about making the most of the experience.
"I can't imagine being in high school knowing what you want to be for the rest of your life," confessed Johnson. "I think the most important part of any undergraduate degree program is that students are encouraged to pursue their unique interests to find out what they love to do. I think if I had gone to a larger university I would have been more reined in, but with so many opportunities here, I've really been allowed to explore everything I love to do."
The greatest challenge for Johnson, who is pursuing a double major in music and theatre, is not simply trying to juggle both majors, but rather finding the time to keep up with the all the available opportunities.
"Minot allows you to do so much," Johnson said. "Especially, if you are interested in a lot of different things, like the arts. It has a rip-roaring music scene, with both concert music and alternative local music and more, and that's just the music! There is also dance, art and theatre. Like college productions, Summer Theatre, community theatre, even our very own Lampshade Brigade theatre company, which toured the Midwest a few years ago. It's both the hardest and greatest thing about Minot and MSU."
Johnson is an active student within both the music and theatre arts programs at MSU. He will take the stage as Ebenezer Scrooge in the annual Campus Players Christmas production of "A Christmas Carol," and is currently the president of Campus Players, the oldest student organization at MSU.
Johnson credits fellow students and his professors Kevin Neuharth, Kenneth Bowles, Aili Davidson and Erik and Diana Anderson as inspiration for his success as a student.
"In particular, Kevin Neuharth has been my guiding light, theatrically speaking," Johnson said. "He is the one that made me realize the depth of theatre and how theatre is a force for social change. It is an active and very necessary part of our society."
Johnson will graduate with a Bachelor of Art in both music and theatre arts in the spring of 2014.