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If I hadn’t attended college right out of high school, I might not have gone at all. I likely would have stuck by a man that wasn’t good for me. I may not have realized my fullest potential. I probably would have lost my nerve to rage-quit small town America. And I know I wouldn’t be here in DC, 5 years later, with the team that I love and 4 years of reading, discussing ideas, and putting myself out of my comfort zone that have shaped this beautiful mess of a person standing before you today.

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