First Lady Michelle Obama shares the advice she'd give to her high school self

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Michelle Obama Gives Advice to Her High School Self

First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with Charlize Theron and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday to host a panel on the power of educating more than 62 million girls who are not in school around the world.

Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine, moderated the discussion in front of an audience of 1,000 NYC-area schoolgirls. Girls from classrooms in Kenya, Ghana and Pakistan -- who are taking part in the World's Largest Lesson on the new Global Goals -- submitted their questions to the panel via video.

When asked to give advice to her high school self, Obama shared some words of wisdom with the crowd. "Don't sweat the small stuff in this time ... being a teenager is hard," she said. "You're not sure what to wear, you hate the way your hair looks everyday ... you don't have any money so you count on your parents, and they always say 'no' ... this is what I hear from my kids."

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: First Lady Michelle Obama attends the 'Let Girls Learn' Global Conversation at The Apollo Theater on September 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Glamour's Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive (R) led a panel discussion with First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and Girl ambassador from Plan International Nurfahada during Glamour 'The Power Of An Educated Girl' at The Apollo Theater on September 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Glamour's Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive (R) led a panel discussion with Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Founder of Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project and U.N. Messenger of Peace Charlize Theron, First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and Girl ambassador from Plan International Nurfahada during Glamour 'The Power Of An Educated Girl' at The Apollo Theater on September 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Founder of Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project and U.N. Messenger of Peace Charlize Theron joins Glamour 'The Power Of An Educated Girl' panel at The Apollo Theater on September 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: (L-R) Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Founder of Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project and U.N. Messenger of Peace Charlize Theron and First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama join Glamour 'The Power Of An Educated Girl' panel at The Apollo Theater on September 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Girl ambassador from Plan International Nurfahada joins Glamour 'The Power Of An Educated Girl' panel at The Apollo Theater on September 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: First Lady Michelle Obama receives a high five from actress Charlize Theron during the 'Let Girls Learn' Global Conversation at The Apollo Theater on September 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (L) and Founder of Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project and U.N. Messenger of Peace Charlize Theron join Glamour 'The Power Of An Educated Girl' panel at The Apollo Theater on September 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Actress Charlize Theron and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the 'Let Girls Learn' Global Conversationat The Apollo Theater on September 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
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"But this is just four or five little years of your life ... don't sweat the small stuff. What is important right now is who you're going to be and how you're developing that part of yourself. So, go to school. Focus on your homework. Don't worry about what your friends are saying that much -- because half these people you're not going to know when you're sixty. It doesn't matter what they say or think right now."

"Don't get so mad at school that you drop out," Obama continued. "Don't get so mad at your mother that you stopped listening to her. Don't hate school so much that you don't stay with it. Because the older you get the more fun school is. College is a dream. Everybody should want to go to college."

"Freedom comes later. Now you invest. Now you put up with. Now you be patient. Because if you don't do it now, then you'll be living this cramped up life for the rest of your life with no choices and no options, and trust me, you don't want to be a sixty-year-old woman with no options."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: US First Lady Michelle Obama gestures with her hand outstretched as she speaks to students as part of the 'Let Girls Learn Initiative' at the Mulberry School for Girls on June 16, 2015 in London, England. The US First Lady is travelling with her daughters, Malia and Sasha and her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, to continue a global tour promoting her 'Let Girls Learn Initiative'. The event at the school was to discuss how the UK and USA are working together to expand girl's education around the world. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: US First Lady Michelle Obama gestures and holds flowers as she is received by young students holding the American flag in the courtyard before an event as part of the 'Let Girls Learn Initiative' at the Mulberry School for Girls on June 16, 2015 in London, England. The US First Lady is travelling with her daughters, Malia and Sasha and her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, to continue a global tour promoting her 'Let Girls Learn Initiative'. The event at the school was to discuss how the UK and USA are working together to expand girl's education around the world. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama (3R) watches an interpretive dance performance during a welcome for her arrival at Mulberry School for Girls during a visit as part of the US government's 'Let Girls Learn' initiative in east London on June 16, 2015. On the first full day of a visit to Britain the US First Lady met with local students in east London and discussed how Britain and the US are working together in order to attempt to expand access to adolescent girls' education around the world. While in London, the First Lady will also host a roundtable meeting on Let Girls Learn, and meet with British Prime Minister Cameron, Samatha Cameron, and Prince Harry. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: US First Lady Michelle Obama crosses her hands on her chest as she speaks to students as part of the 'Let Girls Learn Initiative' at the Mulberry School for Girls on June 16, 2015 in London, England. The US First Lady is travelling with her daughters, Malia and Sasha and her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, to continue a global tour promoting her 'Let Girls Learn Initiative'. The event at the school was to discuss how the UK and USA are working together to expand girl's education around the world. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) reacts as she watches an interpretive dance performance during a welcome for her arrival at Mulberry School for Girls during a visit as part of the US government's 'Let Girls Learn' initiative in east London on June 16, 2015. On the first full day of a visit to Britain the US First Lady met with local students in east London and discussed how Britain and the US are working together in order to attempt to expand access to adolescent girls' education around the world. While in London, the First Lady will also host a roundtable meeting on Let Girls Learn, and meet with British Prime Minister Cameron, Samatha Cameron, and Prince Harry. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) sits between The UK Department of International Development's Justine Greening and (L) returned Peace Corps Volunteer Bina Contreras (R) during a 'Let Girls Learn' meeting as part of the 'Let Girls Learn Initiative' at the Mulberry School for Girls on June 16, 2015 in London, England. The US First Lady is travelling with her daughters, Malia and Sasha and her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, to continue a global tour promoting her 'Let Girls Learn Initiative'. The event at the school was to discuss how the UK and USA are working together to expand girl's education around the world. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: First Lady Michelle Obama arrives at Stanstead airport for a visit to London on June 15, 2015 in London, England. The First Lady is travelling to London with her daughters, Malia and Sasha and her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, to continue a global tour promoting her Let Girls Learn Initiative. During the visit she will meet with students at a girl's school to discuss how the UK and U.S. are working together to expand girl's education around the world. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center left, and Bun Rany, the first lady of Cambodia, center right, arrive to meet with students at a local high school, Saturday, March 21, 2015, on the outskirts of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mrs. Obama is in Cambodia to promote the education initiative "Let Girls Learn," which was launched to lift barriers that block more than 62 million girls around the world from attending school. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center, hugs students at a local high school that she visited with Bun Rany, the first lady of Cambodia, second right, Saturday, March 21, 2015, on the outskirts of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mrs. Obama is in Cambodia to promote the education initiative "Let Girls Learn," which was launched to lift barriers that block more than 62 million girls around the world from attending school. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks to members of the Peace Corps, Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mrs. Obama is in Cambodia to promote the education initiative "Let Girls Learn," which was launched to lift barriers that block more than 62 million girls around the world from attending school. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama hugs Bun Rany, the first lady of Cambodia, while they prepare for a group photograph at a local high school, Saturday, March 21, 2015, on the outskirts of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mrs. Obama is in Cambodia to promote the education initiative "Let Girls Learn," which was launched to lift barriers that block more than 62 million girls around the world from attending school. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama nudges Savean Mao, left, a high school student, as a gesture of encouragement to continue her studies, Saturday, March 21, 2015, on the outskirts of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mrs. Obama is in Cambodia to promote the education initiative "Let Girls Learn," which was launched to lift barriers that block more than 62 million girls around the world from attending school. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (R) and President Barack Obama announce a new government-wide coordinated strategy to help millions of girls around the world attend and stay school called 'Let Girls Learn' in the East Room of the White House March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. Saying that she will focus on this program beyond her time in the White House, Michelle Obama will soon travel to Japan and Cambodia to promoted the new initiative. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA - MARCH 21: First lady Michelle Obama hugs a U.S. Peace Corp volunteer as she leaves the Sofitel Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mrs. Obama visited U.S. Peace Corps volunteers as part of a two-nation trip to promote the U.S. government's Let Girls Learn initiative. Cambodia is one of 11 countries where the initiative has been implemented. (Photo by Nicolas Axelrod/Getty Images)
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