Hong Yin finishes up school with multiple areas of study

January 17, 2013 under CANR News

Hong Yin will graduate in the spring with 3 majors and 2 minorsHong Yin has more majors (3) and minors (2) than years it took to graduate from the University of Delaware (4).

She is majoring in food and agribusiness marketing and management (FABM) and in resource economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), and in operations management in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics — and minoring in economics  and international business with a foreign language. That might seem unmanageable to some, but not to Yin.

Yin, who is originally from China and who attended the University of Delaware’s English Language Institute to learn the English language, has maintained a grade point average of above 3.0 despite taking such a full course load. She said that in addition to the educational advantage of taking so many classes, she took a lot of classes for another reason, as well — to meet more people.

“I’m not from here so I figured, if I take more classes, I will know more people and then I will meet more friends. It worked out really well.”

Yin said that she enjoys all of her areas of study, and especially likes that they are so different. “For example, the FABM is more focused on the agriculture sector. Resource economics is more focused on environmental concerns that businesses are facing today. On the other hand, operations management is more about making everything efficient and eliminating waste.”

Yin singled out Steven Hastings, professor and associate chair in CANR’s Department of Applied Economics and Statistics (APEC), for making his introductory level economics class so interesting that it spurred her to look into APEC to find a major that she liked. It turned out, that she found two.

One of those majors could come in very handy, especially to her parents. “My parents have a company in China. They sell dairy products, like baby formulas,” said Yin. “And they said, ‘If you don’t find a satisfying career in the U.S. after you graduate, the family business could benefit from your education.’ That’s why I added the FABM major.”

Yin now has Hastings as an advisor and she said that he is “really helpful. He helps students plan out what they want and he is always there, always in the office and whenever you email him, even on the breaks, it is really easy to get in touch with him and talk about what you want and then he gives you really good suggestions.”

Of Yin, Hastings said, “I have known Hong for three years, since she declared her second and third majors, both in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. I was immediately impressed with her enthusiasm and motivation.” Hastings added, “While many students take random courses for electives, Hong was adamant — she wanted to take courses that counted for another major. She is a wonderfully pleasant young lady that has accomplished a great deal.”

As for her favorite part about UD, Yin said that she enjoys the outdoor areas available for students to study. “I like The Green a lot because where I’m from in China, there are not many stretches of green areas. In the summer it is really beautiful.”  Yin added that she also enjoys, “the Botanic Garden in the spring. I appreciate the plants much more because of Professor Swasey’s—Professor Emeritus in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences–flower arranging class.”

Article by Adam Thomas

Photo by Danielle Quigley

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CANR’s Thompson interns at Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

October 23, 2012 under CANR News

Like all summer internships, once the calendar turned to August, Terrell Thompson knew that his time at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia was coming to a close. Unlike most summer internships, Thompson said that he felt like he was leaving both a job and a family behind.

“It was a phenomenal experience. My whole department was very nice. It was a heart-warming atmosphere and basically it was a family-like culture,” said Thompson. “If I ever needed help, they were always there, they always extended a hand.”

Thompson, a senior majoring in food and agribusiness marketing and management, which is housed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), and minoring in business administration, said that getting the internship was a huge honor, as he was one of only 34 interns chosen out of a pool of over 1,600.

Working in the supervision, regulation and credit department, Thompson said that his main job involved inputting data from banks into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. He also dealt with projects that involved the Community Reinvestment Act, a federal law that encourages financial institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low and moderate income neighborhoods.

Hard pressed to pinpoint one particular thing that he liked best about his time at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Thompson simply said that he liked it all. “It was just so good to wake up in the morning, get dressed in a nice outfit, go to work and just enjoy your work and enjoy the people that you’re working with. Then just go home, relax for a little bit, and then do it the next day. It was a great experience.”

As for whether he would like to pursue it as a career, Thompson said that he would definitely like to work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, but that he is also looking into options that are more suited to his area of study. Thompson explained that people who major in food and agribusiness marketing and management usually go to work for food retailing companies like Campbell’s or Kellogg’s. He also said that working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is another option he would explore.

Originally an engineering major, Thompson said that he decided to switch to CANR after his sophomore year. After a lot of consideration, Thompson ultimately decided that he was best suited for the business field. He explained that he looked at some of the business areas on campus and ultimately decided on food and agribusiness because, “Hey, everyone has to eat. It seemed like a new and big thing so I said ‘I’ll try it,’ and I’ve loved it ever since.”

At CANR, Thompson is advised by Ulrich Toensmeyer, professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, who he said is a “great” adviser and professor. He said of CANR in general, “I love it here at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Everyone is so helpful here, it reminds me so much of the Federal Reserve Bank.”

In other words, like family.

Article by Adam Thomas

Photo by Danielle Quigley

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