Cristobal Gonzalez 2018-01-22T16:42:33+00:00

Cristobal Gonzalez

Jewell, Iowa
Field Production Manager – Monsanto
Fall 2017 Graduate

Tell us your story into the world of agriculture. Why did you choose this career path?
I grew up in my country’s capital, Santiago (Chile). The population is about 6.5M people. My desire to leave the busy city in search of a healthier style of living led me to the world of agriculture. I am totally satisfied doing what I do and really enjoy working in the seed industry. In addition to graduating in the fall of 2017, I also gained my U.S. citizenship. Both feats were big dreams of mine.

Tell us about your experience as an online learner within the Seed Technology and Business program.

I work full time as a Field Production Manager for Monsanto (Clarion, Iowa) and father of 4. This program was a great fit for me because it allowed me to continue working and all the content delivered is highly relevant to my career in the seed industry, I could relate all of it to things we do at Monsanto. Professors were helpful and understanding of our dynamic lives while keeping a high level of expectation. This was the best decision I could have made in order to advance my professional education and I would highly recommend the program to anyone who is building a career in the seed industry.

Why did you choose to pursue the MS in Seed Technology & Business?
Since I was in college I have worked in the seed industry. I find it very dynamic and challenging which is what I like the most about it. This program’s schedule is very complete and fits my career path needs.

What advice do you have for future online students thinking about applying to the program?
There are current online students with a variety of backgrounds which tells me this program can fit various learning needs and give people the right tools to be leaders in our industry. There was not a topic covered in any class that I haven’t been able to relate to work. That has been very exciting to me.

What have you enjoyed most about the faculty you work with within this program?
They understand our dynamic lives and are willing to work with us while maintaining a high level of expectations. Everybody was very helpful whenever I reached out.

Why was online learning the right choice for you?
I am a working father and husband. Pursuing a MS was one of my goals and the online model allowed me to be available for my family and work while studying.

What are your future plans now that you have your MS degree?
I would like to continue being part of an international organization and look into taking on more responsibilities down the road. This MS degree definitively qualifies me to achieve those goals.