Cristobal Gonzalez 2017-07-03T13:42:04+00:00

Cristobal Gonzalez

Jewell, Iowa
Seed Quality & Compliance Manager – Monsanto

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.

Tell us about your experience as an online learner within the Seed Technology and Business program so far.
The online-student experience has been great! There are tools we use that make the learning experience very smooth and effective.

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. So far, there has not been a topic we have covered in any class that I haven’t been able to relate to work. That is 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 has been very helpful whenever I reach out.

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

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