Christopher Murray has high hopes for a career in agriculture after earning a master’s degree

As students matriculate through the various degree programs at Alcorn State University, they tend to gain a significant amount of knowledge in their fields. A lot of the students become so proficient in their studies that employers become eager to add them to their rosters after they graduate. That is the case for Christopher Murray, a student whose work in the Department of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences has earned him multiple career opportunities after he receives his master’s degree Saturday, May 7.

With multiple soil conservationist job offers from the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), Christopher’s future looks promising. All of the recognition is his confirmation that his hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“It feels great because it shows you that all of your hard work has paid off,” said Christopher, a plant and soil sciences major from Gloster, Mississippi. “It’s a great feeling to know that your future path is forming after getting through the challenges that comes with attending graduate school for two years.”

When speaking on how his professors have prepared him for employment in his field, Christopher spoke highly of their interactions with him. He credits the skills they have passed to him for all of his success.

“Alcorn taught me valuable lessons that I can apply to the positions I have been offered. They’ve always called me into their office to give me tips on how to become better. They have also taught me how to research by taking me into the fields to learn how to conserve soil. Everything I have experienced here has equipped me for those positions.”

Christopher was very close to attending Jones Community College in Ellisville, Mississippi, but due to housing issues, he decided to attend Alcorn instead. As he reflects on his decision, he said that he’s thankful for making that change.

“My experience at Alcorn has been great. Initially, I didn’t plan to attend Alcorn, but I ended up coming and it was the best decision that I could have made. I really found out who I was here. I met a lot of great people and learned how to survive away from home. If anyone asks me about Alcorn, I would tell them that it is one of the greatest places that will help you to grow as a person.”

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