Regis- A Catholic University in Greater Boston Success Profile – Katelyn Cooper 2017-10-12T18:31:35+00:00

Katelyn Cooper

Regis- A Catholic University in Greater Boston


Area of Study: Nursing
Military Branch: United States Army
Years Served: 5 years 

Tell us about yourself:

Katelyn Cooper

Regis- A Catholic University in Greater Boston

Area of Study: Nursing

Military Branch: United States Army

Years Served: 5 years

Tell us about yourself:

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.

Why did you choose Regis-A Catholic University in Greater Boston?

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 Regis’ nursing program is widely known and respected by medical professions in the area.

What has your experience been like as a student?

The clinical placements that Regis offers allowed me to expand my network. When people ask where I go to school the name Regis immediately brings remarks of my intelligence and praise of their nursing programs.

Do you feel like your time in the military made you a better student?

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.

What advice could you offer to other veterans choosing to pursue an education?

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. Find a place that makes it possible for you to find your feet again when the world is anything but steady.