Words of Wisdom: Advice from AAUW Former Fellows

August 17, 2009

The stories of the AAUW fellowship and grant alumnae have been with me since I started my master’s degree last fall. As the advice has accumulated, the former fellows have kept me afloat throughout the year. Looking ahead to the upcoming school year, I wanted to share some of the advice they have given that has been an important part of my back-to-school journey.

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Inspiration for Heading Back to School

“Embrace the opportunity to develop higher-order critical thinking. This gift allows you to give back in whichever sector of society you are engaged in — in a more effective and creative manner.” — Elspeth Slayter

“Find a topic you really love. If you don’t love it, don’t do it.” — Nancy Segal

 “Finding a mentor who will provide you with thoughtful and frank wisdom and expose their own wounds will help carry you a long way.” — Rhonda Williams

“If you have a dream, you owe it to yourself to give it your best shot.” — Rashi Bahri

“Go for it! The degree signals that you’ve worked hard for something and you made it — that regardless of the obstacles, you were able to persevere and follow your dreams. We all should be dream keepers. All of us.” — Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

“Study hard. Plan well. Have hope. Never give up your dream. Balance work and play.” — Kimberly Ennico

“Don’t lecture people on what they should do; show them what they can do. Educate yourself and be open to change.” — Dianne Braden

“It’s important to stay focused and to embrace the challenge of learning new skills. It can pay dividends to go outside of your comfort zone.” — Valerie Streit

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