Student Spotlight: Payton Benoit

Payton Benoit wearing black sunglasses, outside with trees in the background

Payton Benoit is a junior double-majoring in political science and media and information. Read her Student Spotlight Q&A to learn more about her and her experiences as a political science student.

What is your hometown?

Canton, South Dakota.

Why did you choose to major in political science?

I have always loved social sciences, and in high school, I became increasingly interested in politics. I chose to major in political science to better understand the issues I care deeply about and speak confidently about them.

What has been your favorite political science course at UMN?

Some of my favorite courses have been POL 4275: Contemporary Political Thought with Professor Luxon, which I am currently taking, POL 3464: Politics of Economic Inequality with Professor Samuels, and POL 3451W: Politics/Society in the New Europe with Professor Mohammad-Zadeh.

How are you involved on campus?

I am a front office worker for the political science department!

What advice would you give to prospective political science students?

Political science can be an intense field of study, especially with today’s political climate. Remember to take care of yourself and your mental health!


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