This episode features Ashley Keller, a 2010 graduate from the U.S. Military Academy. In this episode, you’ll hear about Ashley’s desire and commitment to serve, as well as a few difficult decisions she had to make to stay true to herself, including giving up the opportunity to pursue a path towards the Olympics. You’ll also learn why Ashley eventually decided to leave the military and how she evolved from being an Army engineer to a mother with a super successful YouTube channel. Enjoy the show!
KEY TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:
- Being recruited for running.
- Deciding to serve over training for the Olympics.
- Losing her position as a combat engineer due to being a woman.
- Deciding to leave the military after entering motherhood.
- Using skills from the military to build a business.
- 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?
1:55 PART I:
- What made you choose a Service Academy – and what made you specifically choose West Point?
- What was the reaction to your decision to go to an Academy?
- Did you consider the other Academies at all?
- How was the application process?
9:00 PART II:
- What was the first day and the first summer like for you?
- Did you feel prepared for the Academy?
- How was it once you entered the academic year? Were you clear with what you wanted to study?
- If you had to sum up your time at the Academy in one word, what would it be?
15:15 PART III:
- What were some of the highlights of your time at the Academy?
- What was your major?
21:15 PART IV:
- Were there any lowlights at the Academy?
- What did you want to do post graduation?
- What does an engineer in the Army do?
- How was it being a woman at the Academy?
30:21 PART V:
- What was the plan after graduation?
- What was the start of your career as an engineer like?
- Being removed as a combat engineer due to being a woman.
- What it was like to be deployed to Afghanistan as a cultural support team.
42:30 PART VI:
- Having a baby and deciding to get out of the military.
- Choosing to serve instead of training for the Olympics.
- Starting a YouTube channel post-military.
- What was the transition out of the military like?
42:30 CONCLUDING THOUGHTS:
- 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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