This episode features Shauna Marshall, a 2005 graduate from The United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland. You’ll get to hear all about her journey from a small town in Vermont to becoming one of a handful of women to enter the Navy EOD community to now living abroad as a Physical Therapist with her husband and 3 kids. Enjoy the show!
KEY TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:
- Finding a sense of adventure in the Navy
- Feeling undeserving of getting accepted to an Academy
- The importance of teamwork, both at the Academy and beyond
- Managing the loss of a loved one while at school
- The struggle of finding supportive women in a male dominated industry
- Navigating the transition from military life to civilian life
- Motherhood and raising a little girl
- Can you tell everyone where you’re from? What school you went to and when you graduated?
- Can you give everyone 1-2 lines about who you are?
1:25 PART I:
- What made you choose a Service Academy – and what made you specifically choose the USNA?
- How did people feel when you got into the Academy?
- Were you apprehensive about military life post-graduation?
10:55 PART II:
- How did you feel once you got to the Academy?
- If you had to sum up your time at the Academy in one word, what would it be?
- Joining the swimming and diving team.
15:54 PART III:
- What were some of the highlights for you while you were at the Academy?
- While you were at the Academy, did you feel like it was the right decision for you?
- The struggle with academics.
- Did the image of what you had in your head about the USNA match what you were hoping for?
- While you were at the Academy, did what you wanted to do post-graduation start to become more clear?
22:10 PART IV:
- What are some of the low-lights of your time at the Academy?
- Managing the loss of a loved one.
- What were some of the key lessons you took away from your time at the Academy?
30:55 PART V:
- What was your life like post-graduation?
- The role of the Navy EOD technician.
- How did you feel knowing Navy EOD is a community of very few women?
- Managing those that doubt your ability to succeed.
- Finding people that support what you’re trying to do.
44:10 PART VI:
- How did attending an Academy impact your career trajectory?
- At the 8 year mark, what did you decide to do after that?
- Transitioning out of the military and becoming a Physical Therapist.
- Becoming a mom.
50:30 CONCLUDING THOUGHTS:
- Looking back now, how do you feel about your decision to attend an Academy?
- What’s next for you?
- Do you have any parting words for listeners? Perhaps a key message to your fellow Service Academy sisters?
- What’s one random fun fact about you?
- Where can people reach you?
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