This issue’s Student-Athlete Spotlight is Aryn Benn, a junior from Waukesha, Wis. Benn is a member of the University of Wisconsin–Stout track and field team and is a Human Development and Family Studies major.
Why did you choose Stout?
“I picked Stout because I knew I wanted to stay in Wisconsin but be a far enough distance away from home to be able to meet new people. I loved the small town atmosphere of Menomonie when I visited, and the campus is beautiful.”
Outside of school and athletics, what are some other things you like to do?
“Outside of my responsibilities of being a student-athlete, I enjoy eating, hiking, rock climbing and volunteering with children.”
What are a few interesting facts about yourself?
“I love McDonald’s and eat there at least five times a week. I am on level 1,263 on Candy Crush, my biggest fear is blow dryers, I used to wrestle in elementary school and middle school and I enjoy coffee, soda or really anything with caffeine.”
Who is your favorite pro-athlete and why?
“I don’t have a favorite professional athlete. There are many athletes who have extraordinary accomplishments and inspiring stories about overcoming adversity and rising to the top. My favorite professional athlete is anyone who is an advocate for promoting awareness of mental health and body image issues among athletes. This is an important topic to me, and any professional athlete who can use their popularity to break the stigma of mental illness is someone who I look up to.”