First Lady an Example of Juggling Career, Family

Advises students to 'be true to yourselves'

First lady Michelle Obama spoke at Howard University Wednesday, focusing on how black women balance work and family life.

Obama has struggled with juggling the responsibilities of being a mother, wife and professional woman, she said.

The first lady told a crowd of about 200 students and faculty that sometimes she worries whether she's doing the right thing for herself and her family. Each woman's situation is unique, and each has to find what works for her, Obama said.

"It's important to be true to yourselves, not worry too much about what others are going to think or make of your choices, because everyone will question what you do and tell you should have done it the other way," the first lady said.

Obama also spoke about her first few weeks as a D.C. resident. She said that she and the president have been trying to visit not only government agencies, but also members of the community. 

"We believe our first job as members of the community is to listen and to learn and be thankful and grateful for what other people have already done," Obama said.

Ron Harris, a spokesman for the university, said Obama stayed for a panel discussion and spent time afterward talking to people in the audience

The free, ticketed event was hosted by the business school as part of Black History Month.

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