Episode 10: People Throw Rocks at Things that Shine with Genevieve Oakley

Episode 10: People Throw Rocks at Things that Shine with Genevieve Oakley

On this episode, I have the privilege of interviewing Miss Genevieve Oakley, a young lady currently residing in West Point, New York and in the eleventh grade. Genevieve defines inspiration as “the culmination of ideas and people and events” that have led her to what she believes in and what she hopes to “achieve in life.” She identifies some of the most inspiring people in her life being her parents and Taylor Swift. One thing you will learn from this interview is that this life has some BIG plans for Miss Genevieve Oakley!


  • Thanks to the Army, Genevieve and her family have moved ELEVEN TIMES so far in her life!
  • Genevieve is the Outreach Assistant and a Journalist for Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen, a blog run by and for military teens around the world.
  • Her interests and passions including writing, politics, and singing along to Taylor Swift
  • Currently investigating potential colleges and universities to attend, Genevieve has some prospects with the Ivy Leagues, including Dartmouth (partly because it’s one of the “coldest colleges in America”)
  • Genevieve’s biggest passion is striving towards making positive change in this world and helping others
  • The confidence that Genevieve has developed within herself has come from mental health struggles when feeling isolated, and she works to help her friends and other young women build up their confidence, too
  • Genevieve is a huge inspiration to me in how she focuses on her mental health and advocates for others in that way – please seek help if you are struggling with mental health: the National Suicide Helpline is 800-273-8255; the crisis text line is  can be reached at TALK to 741-741; and more resources can be found HERE. Please know that you are worthy, loved, and enough!
  • “Be kinder to people than you feel in heart.”
  • Her favorite Taylor Swift song is Mean from Speak Now
  • Genevieve shared a quote from Taylor Swift’s song Ours, “don’t you worry your pretty little mind, people throw rocks at things that shine”

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*Disclaimer: the views and beliefs expressed in this podcast do not reflect the views or beliefs of the U.S. Army or U.S. government.

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