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Breanna Benson: A class act in balancing life, the universe and everything

Every May, Minot State University is abuzz with activity. From finals to commencement, students are eagerly and anxiously juggling the last minute details that will carry them through the end of the spring semester and into the future. However, if the end-of-semester craziness has a hold of Breanna Benson, MSU junior, you would never know it. A second-generation MSU alumna, she graciously and energetically balances the demands of school and her extracurricular activities, all while maintaining her status on the President's List consistently.

Benson has a long and distinguished list of roles at MSU. In addition to being a full-time Honors Program student, she is currently the president and co-founder of the Sigma Delta Sorority, a new MSU Greek organization with a mission dedicated to service for women and children; an officer with Campus Players the oldest student organization. Also, she has held several positions in the Student Government Association, including senator, Homecoming co-coordinator and student entertainment co-director.

"I would say that one of the most important things for any student to know about coming to Minot State, is the idea of getting involved and participating," Benson said. "Sure, the end of the semester is always crazy, but I love everything that I do, and I have the awesome support of friends, family, fellow students, faculty and staff, which makes it all worthwhile. It's not always easy balancing school, life and friends, but it is more exhilarating and rewarding when you add to that all the amazing things you can be involved in at MSU."

It is no small wonder that this year, Benson was recognized and awarded as being one of the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Annually, a select group of students are honored with this prestigious and exclusive award, which is conferred by more than 2,842 schools throughout the United States.

"It's important to stand tall and do your best to remain confident, even when things seem to be challenging," Benson said. "It's easy enough to hide in a crowd, but if you stay true to who you are and get involved, you can pretty much guarantee you will always come out on top."

Benson was born and raised in Minot. She will graduate with her undergraduate degree in special and elementary education in 2016 and credits her ongoing success, motivation and positive attitude to the support and encouragement of her parents.