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Liberian Students Impress US First Lady Obama
By Prince S. Nagbe, LINA
MONROVIA, June 28 (LINA) – United States First Lady Michelle Obama has said she is impressed with the way some female students in Liberia articulated their views about challenges facing their quest to acquire education.
“Let me say how impressed I am with all of you, not just the types of stories you’ve told, but the way you did it with confidence and with pride; that is the beginning of becoming a leader; just starting to do things that you do not feel comfortable doing, but you push yourself to do it anyway,” Mrs. Obama stressed.
The U.S First Lady made the comment when she met with scores of female students of the R.S. Caulfield School in Unification Town, Margibi County on Monday while on an official visit to the country under her “Girls Leading Our World” (GLOW) initiative.
“When I was your age, if anyone had told me that I would be the First Lady of the United States, I would have laughed at them because there had never been an African-American President, let alone an African American First Lady; so to be where I am today is basically doing what many people thought was impossible,” Mrs. Obama told the students.
She has, meanwhile, admonished the students not to attempt to think that to be important is to be somebody else; adding, “You are important in
your own right; people want and need to value you because of who you are, because of your story, because of your challenges; that’s what makes you unique.”
Mrs. Obama called on the students to know that as women, they have to understand that they know more instinctively than they think they do and advised them to be brave enough to take that risk, and maybe fail at it.
She noted: “I have had to learn how to be okay with failure, because you do not do anything great unless you are willing to fail, and then overcome the things that happen when you fail.”
She has, at the same time, urged the students to always make real and stand by their promises; adding, “When you become leaders, the most important thing you have is your word and your trust; that is where respect comes from.”
“When people get to know that when you say you are going to do something and you do it and you do it with love and authenticity, they get to feel that your heart is real; that is the place I try to operate from every single day,” the US First Lady noted.