Undergraduate Student Profiles
As a junior in the Agricultural and Resource Economics major, Kathleen Barada has always been fascinated by flora and fauna. She says “When researching colleges, I fell in love with the unique opportunities offered by the UConn ARE Department and a minor in Business Fundamentals. Here I am able to expand my love of plants into an understanding of the economics of crops and the business world behind such economics.”
Kathleen has enjoyed courses in the major such as ARE 3150 Applied Resource Economics and says she uses the skills taught in this course in all of her other course offerings. This past summer, Kathleen interned for Congressman Pete Sessions in Washington, D.C. and learned about national policy working as a staff assistant. This spring, Kathleen will intern with Congressman Chris Collins in assisting his position on the House Agriculture Committee. Kathleen believes this opportunity will bring her understanding of Agricultural Policy to a national level. After graduation Kathleen hopes to enter the workforce to gain more experience in this field of interest.
Natalie Vieira came to UConn initially interested in Molecular and Cell Biology. As her freshman year progressed, Natalie realized something was missing and she decided to change majors. The Agricultural and Resource Economics major struck a chord with her as she learned that the major approached the environment from the perspective of economics and policy, rather than from a scientific approach.
“Thus far, my favorite course in my major has been ARE 1150, Principles of Agriculture and Resource Economics, taught by Deepak Joglekar,” Natalie says. “This is the first class I took in my major, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning basic microeconomics principles and how they apply to the natural resources sector. After taking this class, I knew I was making the right decision in switching my major from Molecular and Cell Biology to Resource Economics.”
During the spring semester of 2013, Natalie participated in the UConn Honors Congressional Internship program, which allowed her to spend the semester interning in Washington, DC with the office of Senator Chris Murphy. After the experience, Natalie realized she had a new career aspiration: to synthesize environmental and economic initiatives in implementing environmental policy in developing nations. Her concentrations in Environmental Economics and Policy and International Development provide the best fit with her future goals.
Upon graduation Natalie is considering pursuing a Master’s degree or Law degree where she can utilize her knowledge gained from her time at UConn to work in Washington, D.C.
Chris Bruno, a sophomore student in the department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, decided on the resource economics major because he wanted to combine his love for the environment and his desire to become an entrepreneurial businessman. Chris says, “I chose the environmental economics and policy concentration so that I could combine this concentration with business fundamentals to have a strong overall background in business and I believe that having this background in public policy, business and economics better enables you to find solutions to environmental problems which will spread benefits to as many parties as possible.”
Currently Chris is an intern in UConn’s Office of Environmental Policy where he utilizes knowledge and analytical skills from his ARE major courses to solve problems on various work projects. Last summer Chris studied abroad in Germany for two months, learning the German language and also enjoying an art history course.
After graduation from the ARE department, Chris wants to pursue a Master’s Degree in Resource Economics and possibly an MBA. He hopes to use his skills and knowledge to work as a green consultant either in his own firm or for an innovative company.