Grad Profile: Max Kilby

Max Kilby is a Psychology major and a Forensic Psychology minor from Chino Hills, Calif. As a 2020 graduate, we interviewed Kilby on his favorite aspects of WOU and his memorable experiences from here.


What has been your favorite annual event at WOU?
The Holiday Tree Lighting has always been one of my favorite events. There is a parade before the tree is lit and I have been marching in that for the past three years because I am in the WOU Drumline. 

I also really enjoy the Drag Show, I was fortunate to participate in the show my first two years at WOU. Each year is a different theme and storyline, it’s all just so much fun. 


What have some of your extracurriculars been?
I have worked at the Disability Services office (ODS) for three years now as well as I have been a part of the percussion ensemble for the past 2 years. Both of which have had a tremendous positive impact on my life. 

Working at ODS provided me with a working environment that I was excited to go to everyday, and I have truly grown individually from working there. 

Percussion ensemble made my time on campus more enjoyable by giving me another place to go and practice my music and become a better musician.

Student stands on a sturdy branch while he hugs a tree. He is wearing hiking gear and smiling at the camera.
Max Kilby


Who stands out from your time at WOU?
This is very difficult to choose just a few people because all of the ODS staff and interpreters, along with the Psychology Department are all wonderful people who have impacted my life. Three people that have supported me the most have been Dr. Powell, Malissa Larson, and Dr. Budge. 


What was your most visited spot on campus?
The third floor of the library because it is the quiet floor and I could get all my homework done there. Also it’s just a nice quiet place to chill when you need to. 


What is your favorite building on campus?
Smith Hall, because it is the music building and I could be in there in the late hours of the night and practice my music. 


What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?
This past winter term 2020, I took 20 credits of upper division psychology classes and worked 20 hours a week. I ended the term with straight A’s. Not to value my success on grades, but I did work extremely hard to maintain good grades throughout the term and it paid off. 


What do you love most about the program you completed?
I love the entire Psychology Department at WOU. They are a great group of professors that really care about their teaching and their students. 

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  1. Joan and Dave Johnson

    We’ve only had the pleasure of your company a few times (your car stayed longer than you did!), but Dave and I were very impressed by your maturity, friendliness to old folks, seriousness about your education, and ease among strangers. Reading about your WOU years rounded out our picture of a young man with a great future. Congratulations on graduating! We hope to see you when life opens up again.


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