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Barbara Bush exhorts women to `study hard'

Barbara Bush has a message for young women: Do as I say, not as I do.

While no one batted an eye when she gave up her early dream of becoming a nurse and left Smith College in 1944 to marry the future president, Bush told Columbia College students that things are different now."Don't do what I did. Stay in school," she said. "Study hard, work hard, play hard, too."

"Fifty-three years ago, it was a different time, a different era," she said at the dedication Wednesday of the new $7.5 million Barbara Bush Center for Science and Technology at the college.

She called the honor the "most flattering, exciting thing I could possibly imagine" and suggested she was undeserving of it because she did not graduate from Smith.