From +30 Celsius to – 30 Celsius: Studying and Working in Fargo, North Dakota

September 28, 2015


Fourteen months ago I travelled from Ghana to further my studies in Fargo, North Dakota.  Upon my arrival I started school at North Dakota State University (NDSU) through an exceptional scholarship opportunity granted me by the North Dakota Trade Office. I am currently studying Agribusiness and Applied Economics with a major in International Agribusiness. The program is interesting and practical but very stressful. As part of the scholarship and through the Export Assistance Program I have been working as intern with a private company AdFarm, an agricultural marketing and communications firm. The internship has helped me gain employment experience to enhance my academic learning. 


Living and working in Fargo has been a great opportunity for me to learn more about the United States especially from an agricultural perspective. For example with some colleagues from school I participated in a tour of the CASE Machinery factory, and I also visited Big Iron an agricultural trade fair.  Both of these experiences provided insight into large -scale farming and the commercial farm machinery and implements used in the industry. I have also had the opportunity to meet people from diverse countries and backgrounds, which have made me appreciate different cultures and how to relate with people.


Well, I cannot talk about my experience without adding the weather out here. It is freezing cold especially because I come from a very hot region. I was told this winter, “this is nothing close to a real/normal winter for Fargo”, guess I was lucky! Maybe I am yet to see this frigid weather, but I pray I do not get to experience it.


The journey so far has been exciting and I am looking forward to completing my studies successfully. On my return to Ghana, I intend to employ all the skills and experience I have acquired through school and work in all my endeavors. Good thing is that, I can still support AdFarm/Praxis Africa back home!


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