Horticulture and resource economics major Christian Allyn grew up in his beloved hometown of North Canaan, Connecticut, attending the Housatonic Valley Regional High School and participating in multiple events with the National FFA Organization. A seventh semester senior, Allyn is in the process of developing his own invasive plant consulting business and is heavily involved in the local government of North Canaan and Northwestern Connecticut. Allyn is a part of many organizations and programs here at UConn, and hopes to use his education to better the lives of people in both North Canaan and northwestern Connecticut. Here is what he said about his experiences as a CAHNR student.
What attracted you to UConn? I was first drawn to UConn by Bonnie Burr, an assistant director and department head in UConn Extension, at a legislative dinner I attended in high school. The extension activities that she discussed inspired me, and I reached out to her afterwards. I really wanted to be part of the conversation between Connecticut residents and the researchers that further the field of agriculture. During a campus visit, Patricia Jepson from academic programs solidified my decision to apply to CAHNR.