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The One Thing I Wish I Knew Before Going to College...

Stacy Taubman

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:

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You Mean Summer Doesn't Last Forever...?

Stacy Taubman

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.

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Women I Dream of Meeting

Stacy Taubman

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.

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Gymnastics to the Rescue

Stacy Taubman

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.

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How Do You Deal With Changing Friend Groups?

Stacy Taubman

For my first video blog post, I decided to answer the question, "How do you deal with changing friend groups?"  I noticed that a lot of young women struggle with this issue.  During high school and college you are going through a ton of growth and changes.  You are figuring out who you are and deciding what you value.  This can sometimes be in conflict with what your friends are doing.

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I Almost Committed Suicide

Stacy Taubman

Below is a courageous guest post by a young woman, Michaela Hull, who has worked extremely hard this year to better herself.  Navigating high school can be an extremely difficult and confusing time.   Many young women struggle with depression, anxiety and at times suicidal thoughts.  I know teenage suicide is a difficult topic and I hope her story will encourage others to seek help when they are struggling.  Sharing your story with others is empowering and can help alleviate the stress of carrying it all inside.

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10 Actions to Improve Your Self-esteem

Stacy Taubman

Self-esteem is a term you hear a lot about.  It is incredibly important and plays a large role in our happiness.  How we feel about ourselves affects our choices, the way we interact with others, and many other things in our lives.

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Butterfly Effect

Stacy Taubman

I always feel like I am going a mile a minute during the week and it is not until the weekend that I have time to clear my head and reflect on life.  In case you're like me, I want to share a story for you to chew on this weekend, about how one small action can make a huge impact on your life.

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