My name is Tara Sprickerhoff and in a few short weeks I’ll be headed to Ghana to work as a Journalism Intern with Farm Radio International. I am a soon-to-be graduate of Carleton University’s Journalism program.
I’ve pursued journalism because I have a passion for people and for learning each individual’s story. I have a strong belief that everyone has something interesting to say and I am happiest when I am able to give others a space or a platform to share their own knowledge and passions. I do this both in residence – where I work as a Community Advisor speaking with incredible staff and students on a daily basis – and in journalism – where I love listening to someone tell me their own story in their own words.
Radio has always been my favourite journalistic medium – I believe it has the power to reach people in ways TV or the written word can’t. I grew up listening to radio and I am excited to be able to put my schooling to the test with Farm Radio in Ghana working with local farmers.
My roommate in my first year at Carleton was an international student from Ghana. When I told her that I would be interning in her home country this summer, we were both excited – finally our roles would be reversed and it would be her letting me know what I should know about her home country.
I’m both nervous and excited to intern in Ghana for the summer. I’ve travelled and lived internationally before, but I’ve never had the chance to work outside of my own country. I look forward to seeing where this new adventure will take me.