As a nontraditional student and a self-proclaimed reinvented person, Chris Laughton brings much agricultural work and life experience to the graduate program in Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE). His current employer, Farm Credit East (FCE) in Enfield, invests in his education to help him accomplish his plan. Here is what he said in an interview.
Where did you receive your degrees? I got a bachelor’s degree (with honors) from Cornell University in horticulture. My MBA is from the University of Massachusetts.
Why did you decide to go to graduate school? What made you choose ARE? In my job, I work in economics with an agricultural emphasis. It made me realize that I need more in-depth knowledge than my MBA gave me.
UConn’s Department of Agricultural and Resources Economics (ARE) has high quality academics. In addition, being part of a graduate program in Storrs allows me to stay in my job and home.
Who is your advisor? Rigoberto Lopez
Tell us about your program so far. I started in January 2017 with one class. I would call myself a non-traditional student because I also work full-time. (more…)