This episode features Ginni Guiton, a 1985 graduate from the U.S. Military Academy. In this episode, you’ll hear about Ginni’s last minute decision to apply to the Academy, about how she always had a backup plan just in case it didn’t work out – yet ended up having a 20-year career in the military, some of the struggles she had as a woman attending an Academy, and how her constant desire to change and grow ultimately has her working in HR while also developing her own side hustle as a hypnotherapist. Ginni’s mindset about attending an Academy is one we haven’t heard on the show yet, and I think you’ll find it fascinating to hear. Enjoy the show!
KEY TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:
- Applying to the Academy last minute.
- Having a carefree attitude about attending the Academy – “Ignorance is bliss.”
- How being a strong athlete impacted her time at the Academy.
- Eating disorders at the Academy.
- Taking your commitment to the military one step at a time.
- Marriage and Divorce.
- 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?
1:58 PART I:
- What made you choose a Service Academy – and what made you specifically choose West Point?
- How was it applying to an Academy as a woman in the early 1980’s?
- What was your parent’s reaction when you told them you wanted to go to an Academy?
- What did you know about the Academy when you were applying? What drew you in?
- Did you apply to any other Academies?
- How did the application process go for you?
8:50 PART II:
- What kind of student were you in high school? Were you an athlete? How did you prepare?
- Did you see the Academy before you went?
- Tell me more about your first summer at the Academy.
- If you had to sum up your time at the Academy in one word, what would it be?
- How did the first summer go?
- What did you think you’d do post graduation?
17:30 PART III:
- What were some of the highlights of your time at the Academy?
- Dealing with sexism at the Academy.
- Being part of one of the earliest classes of women.
- What were some of the lowlights at the Academy?
- What was your major?
- What was the plan for post-graduation?
26:30 PART IV:
- Struggling with an eating disorder and feeling isolated.
- Weight standards at the Academy.
- Having to face a Regimental Board due to accusations about her sexial conduct.
38:10 PART V:
- Learning to speak her truth.
- As you approached graduation, what was the plan?
- How was your family during your time at the Academy?
- What did you do post-graduation?
- How did your career unfold?
- Getting married and acquiring 3 children.
49:00 CONCLUDING THOUGHTS:
- What was the plan when you decided to get out?
- Getting divorced and deciding to become a hypnotherapist.
- How do you feel about your decision to attend a federal service academy?
- 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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