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Introducing the Class of 2017
Regis will feature several graduating seniors as part of a Class of 2017 Profile Series. First up is US veteran Katelyn Cooper, a nursing major from Hudson, MA:
Introducing: Katelyn Cooper
Q: Describe your military experience:
I joined the US Army on my 18th birthday and went to basic combat training at Ft. Leonard Wood in July 2008. My first duty station was in Daegu, Korea, where I served with 188th Military Police company for a year. In January 2010, I relocated to Ft. Lewis, WA where I served and deployed 170th Military Police company.
In June 2010, I deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where we served with 4th Infantry Division securing the area outside of Kandahar City, and trained the police force inside Kandahar City. In 2013, I was medically retired related to injuries I sustained in Afghanistan.
Q: What made you choose Regis?
I knew I wanted to go into nursing so I looked for a college that offered a nursing program. Upon returning home I lived with my mother in Hudson, MA and needed a school close to home so I could commute. As I spent more time in the area I discovered that Regis' nursing program is widely known and respected by medical professionals in the area.
Q: How has Regis helped set you up for success?
The clinical placements that Regis offers allowed me to expand my network. When people ask where I go to school the name Regis immediately bring remarks of my intelligence and praise of their nursing programs.
Q: What's some advice for other veterans transitioning to civilian life and exploring colleges?
While serving, I had a place in life. I had a ready-made family wherever I was stationed. It's different when you become a civilian–it's unsettling how alone you feel in a room full of people, how few people understand what you're saying, and even less what you're going through. Finding that place you belong is the hardest part about the transition, but getting an education helps you to find your new place in the world. The veteran-oriented staff at Regis makes it easier, they support you throughout the process.
I chose Regis because it made sense, I stayed at Regis because they helped me succeed. College is the first unit of your civilian life. Regis made it possible for me to find my feet again when my world was anything but steady.