“Dr. Wood really cares about the program and is always available and happy to help,” she said. “All of my professors are the same way. They enjoy helping and are quite successful at it. All you need to do is reach out.”
Eitland appreciates the autonomy of the program, and many instructors allow her to work ahead. This means a great deal to her as her drill and work schedules shift on the weekends.
“With working more often I can save more for my future education. Because of this, I have noticed that I do not have the financial stress I used to have,” she said. “The material is helpful in growing my academic knowledge but is also challenging. I enjoy applying the material to my life and have grown so much. All of these things are building blocks toward my goals.”
‘Remember your goals’
Eitland, a graduate of Baldwin-Woodville High School, will earn her bachelor’s degree in spring 2022. She plans to pursue her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and go on to earn her doctorate in psychology.
So, after years of swearing she’d never follow her mom’s career path through UW-Stout, she is doing both of those things happily. “She and I still talk about how insistent I was, but I am very glad I laid down my pride,” she said.
Kristin, who works with Allied Mental Health Specialty Group, is excited that her daughter is “pursuing educational and career goals that fit her so beautifully.
“I feel a great sense of confidence and peace knowing that Grace will be well trained to not only be successful professionally, she will also be taught the importance of healthy self-esteem to better support and care for others by also knowing how to care for herself.”
Mother and daughter would like to open a practice together one day, with a possible holistic approach to mental health.
For people starting off in college or those thinking about switching majors, “it is OK to change your mind,” Eitland said. “The degree or lifestyle you planned on might not be working for you quite as well as you thought, and that is OK.
“Remember your goals. If you are unsure of your goals, take some time to reflect and experience life. Slow down and enjoy the process that you are in.”
UW-Stout’s psychology department and counseling, rehabilitation and human services department, within the College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences, offer four undergraduate and seven graduate programs, along with five minors, four certifications and one specialization.
UW-Stout is a Military Times 2019 Best for Vets College. Veteran Services supports veterans, military service members and their families with academic and career goals. Students may be eligible to receive veteran or military education benefits and earn credit toward their degree through military experience or training.