A WOODHALL Spa woman really is living her American dream.
Kate Jackson, aged 24, is the first student to spend a term at an American university as part of an exchange scheme run by Harper Adams.
She is settling into life at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) in Ithaca, New York, as part of her BSc (Hons) food and consumer studies course.
Kate arrived in America earlier this month and is living with four other exchange students from Brazil, Denmark and Austria.
She said: “From the moment I arrived here, it has been non-stop. The faculty and students have been so welcoming.
“CALS also has a great international student network and being the only UK exchange student I have met people from all across the world.
“One of the main things that shocked me about Cornell was the size of the campus. It’s like a town in its own right.
“It is in a beautiful setting, with gorges situated throughout, so I never mind getting a bit lost and discovering more.
“Cornell has a wide array of classes to choose from, although I’m majoring in applied economics and management, which includes courses on marketing, consumer behaviour and food industry strategic issues,”
Kate explained that she was given flexibility to choose classes from other majors and had enrolled on a wine course at the hotel school.
She added: “The work is tough and there is plenty of reading to keep up with but I’m really enjoying what I’m studying which makes it much easier.
“I’m also trying to stay on top of my work so that I have the opportunity to travel at weekends.
“Last weekend I travelled to Boston with my housemates, and we’re hoping to fit more trips in to places such as Vermont, Niagara Falls and, of course, New York City.
“Coming to Cornell has been one of the best decisions I’ve made, although I was really looking forward to my placement year, I felt this was too good an opportunity to miss and I’ve not been disappointed.”
Earlier this year, Harper Adams signed five-year agreements for student exchanges with Cornell CALS and the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
CALS has 3,500 students and 360 academic staff and is consistently ranked as one of the best colleges of agriculture and related sciences in the world.
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