Ghanaian Student David Dapaah pursues study at the University of Colorado, USA

 By David Dapaah

Exactly three months ago today, I left Ghana for the United States to begin my graduate studies at Colorado State University.

David Dapaah study at the University of Colorado, USA

These past few months have been one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my life. I’ve had to learn, relearn, and unlearn some things as I navigate through graduate school in a land completely different from the one I grew up in.

Spending time in the US has allowed me to interact with my birth country differently and reflect on the continent through many academic disciplines, thus encouraging me to think deeper on the issues that Ghana and other parts of the continent faces.

As a political science major, I’ve grown to appreciate the complexities involved in tackling issues of poverty, corruption, poor governance framework et al and also learned to question the effectiveness of some of the theories/policies ‘imposed’ on African countries as they struggle to navigate structural hurdles on the path to development.

My graduate school experience so far has made me a better person when it comes to pushing the envelope and getting out of my comfort zone to learn something new and challenging in life.

I am therefore grateful to the Department of #politicalscience at Colorado State University, my professors, colleagues, and all friends and family who keep pushing me to become the best version of myself.

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