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Christian Abys

Hometown: Guilford, Connecticut

Program: MA in Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Why did you choose to come to BU for your graduate degree?

I chose BU because this department is a pioneer in their research of the capabilities of remote sensing to better inform us about our world. The professors here are leaders in their field, and they really care about nurturing the next cohort of geographers into the world. The courses are dynamic as well as research- and project-based, and I have gained a great deal of knowledge and practice. Also, the students in my cohort were nothing but friendly, intelligent, and thoughtful, and I made some great friendships.

What are your favorite spots on the BU campus and in Boston?

My favorite spot on campus is definitely the BU Pub right behind the College of Arts & Sciences. It is great to go to after a long day of studying to get a drink with your colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere, and they have great food, too. I was rather busy with schoolwork throughout my time here, but it was always nice to go into downtown Boston on a Saturday.

What are you involved in on campus or in Boston, aside from your coursework?

Aside from coursework, I was a teaching assistant for Professor Baldwin’s World Regional Geography course for two semesters. It was a great experience, and Professor Baldwin is an excellent advisor and mentor.

What is one unique opportunity you have had because of your choice to study at BU?

Due to my choice to study at BU, I was able to have an incredible opportunity working as a Geospatial Analyst at Indigo Agriculture for the spring of 2020. At this co-op, I gained experience working in exactly what I wanted to do, which was studying American farming systems with remote sensing and applied data analysis. This program is well regarded among the industry, and I was able to stand out among the pool of applicants as a result.

What do you hope to do after you graduate? 

After I graduate, I am aiming to gain my PhD in Remote Sensing to further study drought and famine forecasting. My dream career would be working as a NASA Investigator researching how to design our current farming practices to be more efficient and profitable while having less impact on the environment.