Maureen's Experience

Programs: M.S. in Applied Psychology and M.S. in Training and Development

Concentrations: Program Evaluation and I/O Psychology (M.S. in Applied Psychology)

Why did you choose UW-Stout?
I initially came to Stout for the Applied Psychology program. I really liked the applied focus here. Having completed my undergraduate degree at UW-River Falls, Stout was also close to home, which was an added bonus.

Looking back at your first semester of graduate school, what was your favorite part?
Meeting new people with similar interests and a feeling of accomplishment for bringing my education to the next level. I was so excited to be taking so many classes in my interest area.

Was graduate school anything like you imagined it would be when you first started?
I thought grad school would have been much scarier than it really was! The professors are so helpful and I really enjoyed the experience.

What was the biggest surprise for you in regards to graduate school?

It’s still a bit of a shock to me that I went through it! I think a lot of graduate students suffer from what I like to call “imposter” syndrome where they think that they somehow slipped through the cracks to get into the system — that someone mistakenly admitted them.

How has your program shaped your life and career goals?
After completing my degrees and working full time for a couple years, I keep finding more ways to apply the knowledge that I gained in graduate school. That’s one great thing about the graduate programs that I completed — they are relevant to any type of organization. I’ve noticed myself often questioning why we are doing things the way we do and thinking about ways that processes can be improved. No matter where my career leads me, this will be an essential skill set/outlook in an inevitably changing workplace. With that said, completing these programs has also helped me to find more direction in my career path. Prior to graduate school, I thought this type of information (workplace psychology, I/O) was interesting, but I didn’t have a good grounding in what types of careers I could apply that drive towards.

What opportunities have been presented to you because of your program?
I’ve had the opportunity to work in several positions around campus. People at UW-Stout know about the Applied Psychology program and they recognize that smart, hard-working students come from that program. This has helped me build a very strong resume and work history.

How would you describe the UW-Stout campus?

I have been impressed with Stout. Having attended a rival school, I often heard the expression “when in doubt, go to Stout” but as a graduate, I can honestly say that Stout does not live up to that criticism. Stout takes a different approach to learning by creating a hands-on environment, providing students with experiential learning. When I completed my programs I had a resume full of full-scale research projects that I worked on as a part of a class, practicum, internship or work experience at Stout.

Maureen Cochran

"Stout takes a different approach to learning by creating a hands-on environment, providing students with experiential learning. When I completed my programs, I had a resume full of full-scale research projects that I worked on as a part of a class, practicum, internship or work experience at Stout."