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Ben Donovan

Ben Donovan

The name’s Ben. That’s already my nickname (Benjamin), so please don’t try to give me a new one. I’ve never really had a direction in life. I just try to go with the flow and enjoy everything that comes my way.

I grew up in the suburbs of Rockford, Illinois. I didn’t do anything too special (there’s not much to do in Rockford). I ran, played some baseball, and graduated from high school, nothing major. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I found something I think I can enjoy doing for the rest of my life: politics. I know, crazy, right? I don’t think so. I view politics as the solution to all of our problems, not the cause. We can only move forward if we look forward.

That said, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to study politics when I came to NIU. I didn’t really come here by choice; I came due to financial constraints like so many others here. Despite NIU’s bad rap, I can honestly say I have never been happier in life than when I am taking classes here with my amazing group of friends taught by one of the many fantastic professors I have met.

I’m a runner – always have been, always will be. It’s the only way I can enjoy nature anymore. I was blessed with a State Park right behind my high school where I could run every day after school with my cross-country and track teammates. I try to run here too, but often the taste and stench of car exhaust is too much for me.

My other hobbies include grand strategy videogames, enjoying my food (but not too much), and cartography.

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