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Codi A. Miller: Going the distance for success

Online learning empowers Miss Rodeo North Dakota live the dream!

With 30,000 miles to cover in only 364 days, Minot State University's online learning program offers Miss Rodeo North Dakota, Codi A. Miller, the opportunity to pursue the dream of becoming Miss Rodeo USA.

"Being Miss Rodeo North Dakota has always been a dream of mine," Miller said. "This will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I just have to be organized and manage my time. It's hard to keep everything balanced, but you have to set priorities and work through it. MSU's online classes are helping me obtain my degree while living my dream."

For Miller, balancing school and pageant life comes with its fair share of challenges and rewards.

"I initially chose MSU for its broadcasting program but changed my major to marketing when I found I could obtain my degree online," Miller said. "Being a full-time student has been hard because I travel constantly. However, MSU's online programs and classes make it easy to succeed."

It is the Minot State University Center for Extended Learning's mission to offer flexible, accessible and quality lifeline learning opportunities that are taught by university faculty committed to teaching and learning with excellence, integrity and engagement. Through first-hand experience, Miller has found this to be true.

"Even though I am not on campus, the students, staff and faculty I have worked with have been so genuine and helpful," Miller said. "They have made my online learning experience sincerely rewarding. In particular, I have really enjoyed my classes with Professor Saeed. He keeps the material interesting and is always available to help and answer questions, even when I'm hundreds of miles away."

Miller grew up on a cattle and horse ranch just west of Amidon, N.D. She credits her family for playing a substantial role in her success as a student and pageant contestant.

"I am so grateful for my family," confessed Miller. "With every endeavor, my family is always by my side. They help and cheer me on. They have taught me the importance of being humble and thankful. I am not sure where I would be today if I didn't have them."

Miller, an MSU junior, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing in the fall of 2015. She will promote the anti-bullying program, "Cowgirl Suzie" during her reign as Miss Rodeo North Dakota to help raise awareness.