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.