Christina's Experience

Program: Master of Science in Applied Psychology

Concentrations: Program Evaluation and Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Why did you choose UW-Stout?
I chose to attend UW-Stout because I didn't want to go to a college where you learn everything by reading a textbook. I consider getting my Master's degree the beginning of my career and professional life; UW-Stout offered the experienced staff, continuous and numerous hands-on experiences, and overall comprehensive education that I felt was needed to get my career off to the right start.

What was your favorite part of your first semester of graduate school?
The closeness that developed between not only my cohort, but the previous semester's cohort was a wonderful surprise. The small cohort size also meant the we had the opportunity to learn from our professors as well as from each other. The collaborative learning environment is one of the most important tools that UW-Stout provides their graduate students.

Was graduate school anything like you imagined it would be when you first started?
I really didn't know what to expect, but the expectations are set very high for graduate students. It was an amazing feeling of accomplishment when you realize that you not only can reach those expectations – but exceed them every time they are raised. 

How has your program shaped you life and career goals?
Because of the depth and variety of experiences that we went through, I was able to see what types of environments I prefer to work in, what subject matter really piqued my interest, and develop overall as a professional. 

What was the biggest surprise about graduate school?
The biggest surprise about graduate school was how involved you became in each class. Almost each class had its own project and more often than not that project dealt with an external client that we had to work with in a professional sense. By the time you are finished with your major you have a long list of projects and experience to add to your resume. 

What is one piece of advice that you wish you had received before starting graduate school?
Graduate School/earning a Master's degree isn't easy. Fortunately, when you are really passionate about what you are earning your Master's degree for, the hard work and time your put into it is an investment rather than a sacrifice.

What opportunities have been presented to you because of your program?
Working on so many different projects is something that is not something that I have heard of others my age having from other universities. I am able to bring many different facets of knowledge, skills and abilities to a multitude of different jobs. I now have the ability to gain employment in more positions than those with degrees that didn't prepare them as well. 


How would you describe the UW-Stout campus?
The UW-Stout campus is open and welcoming.

Christina Wasson

"I didn't want to go to a college where you learn everything by reading a textbook. I consider getting my Master's degree the beginning of my career and professional life; UW-Stout offered the experienced staff, continuous and numerous hands-on experiences, and overall comprehensive education that I felt was needed to get my career off to the right start."