As the school year comes to a close, I find myself in a state of reflection. I truly believe it is important to not only look back, but also to share what you have learned. When you are young it is so hard to see beyond the here and now. I asked a ton of impressive women of all ages to complete the sentence, "The one thing I wish I knew before going to college...."
Below are the wonderful answers I received and I hope they help you as you move forward in your journey:
I have bad news for many of you…the school year is right around the corner. Whether you are headed to college or high school, it will be here before you know it.
I feel like summer is a tricky time for many. Throughout the school year, you long for the summer and many of you even count down the days. When it finally arrives it can feel kind of weird to have so much free-time on your hands. Early on, you may have struggled with feeling bored. It takes awhile to transition from the rigid schedule of the school year to the mass quantity of time that you now have on your plate.
Part of my journey this past year has been interviewing smart, strong and successful women. Although I feel like I have an idea of what it takes to be successful, I've been a teacher for twelve years. I love hearing from other women in all fields and learning about their story. Every time I leave an interview I am so inspired and pumped up. I have had the privilege of talking to almost 100 women this past year. St. Louis has some very impressive women and I am incredibly honored that so many people were willing to sit down and talk with me.
Growing up for me was tough for many reasons. I grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri in an area with quite a bit of new money, something of which we definitely didn't have. We weren't poor by any means, but my sister and I regularly got made fun of on the bus for our off brand outfits. It was made clear to us that we didn't fit in and our clothing choices were not ok.