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In Africa, there is a proverb that says: “If you educate a man: you educate an individual. But if you educate a woman: you educate a nation,” Nisa Rajput epitomizes the latter sentence.
She has a stellar personality, she is globally minded yet shares all her wisdom locally with anyone lucky enough to cross her humble paths. She was once recruited to North Dakota and now is recruiting talent to the FM area.
I am fortunate to call her a friend and the Red River Valley is fortunate to have Nisa call the FM area…her home away from her motherland Zimbabwe.
— Alex Cyusa
I was born and raised in the sunshine city, also known as Harare in Zimbabwe. Built on attractive landscapes and lush mountains all surrounded by ever so joyous and kind folk, the people who have suffered hardship through political and economic ruins continued to have faith and hope to one day rise from the battlefield.
Growing up in a community with the utmost potential for growth and opportunity, it was tough to calculate what the journey to success would look like. Long nights turned into early mornings as I dawn upon the choices I had to make on where I wanted to be and where I wanted to further my education. It was then that I decided on the United States, the land of opportunity, would help me get to where I want to be.
The opportunity to study in the United States was a dream come true when I made the decision to accept the offer at Mayville State University. The only problem was that I had to live in North Dakota! People kept saying it was cold, but I didn’t pay much attention to that. Alas, after a 38-hour journey and 8,873 miles later, I finally made it to Fargo, ND. It was January 7, 2012, and it was a cold and windy night. I recall the temperature being in the mid-30s and I thought to myself, “Ahh this isn’t too bad, it can only get better, right?”
Fast forward three years and now, it only got worse as the winters slowly drained the life out of me. This only made schooling so much harder. However, the people of this area had some sort of magic, which was really intoxicating, but in a good way. They emitted this warm feeling that made me find my home away from home.
After graduating with my bachelor’s degree, I had to find the bigger and the better. I kept telling myself I had to move to either of the coasts to be successful. It was only after visiting with mentors that I made the decision to give Fargo a chance. Turns out Fargo recruited me for my first job, but the ultimate challenge would be living in a new city, alone!
When life gives you lemons, one would naturally make lemonade, but in this case, I would probably be attempting to make lemonade in a new area for quite a while because I thought there was a sugar shortage in Fargo. Boy, was I wrong!
Living here in Fargo has given me the opportunity to discover true independence with new and exciting challenges that brought out a strength I never knew I had. This move got me to be comfortable with myself. If I’m not comfortable hanging with myself, how could I expect anyone else to? There was no room to be picky about meeting people and making new friends.
Rule of thumb, people always lead you to other people and from the connections I made through work, I was exposed to a network of people who have only shown kindness and love in a manner I do not think I would have received living elsewhere.
Now being a recruiter for the Fargo area on the professional side, it gives me much joy in hiring talent to our humble abode. We appreciate the culture, the flat landscapes and evening sunsets that help us Fargoans rediscover the distinction between expectation and hope and that there is truly more than meets the eye.
For those who are still not convinced, I can only share how we can make you feel safe, loved and genuinely make the impossible, possible. There is always an opportunity to do something great at every corner in Fargo.
Just give it a shot! Where would we be if we didn’t take the risks for a lifetime of adventure? I can safely say, it most certainly worked out for me!
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