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The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and 20 successful celebrities paid a visit to students in the Washington, D.C., area to promote mentoring and commemorate Women’s History Month on Wednesday, March 29, 2011.

Michelle Obama took about an hour out of her day to talk with 38 high-achieving students in the library of the Ballou High School in Washington, D.C.

She said she’s made mentoring a big part of her agenda as First Lady.

“Mentoring is also an important part of my agenda because it was an important part of my life. I wouldn’t be here today, and neither would my husband, if we didn’t have people in our lives who stepped off of their track to enter our lives and our worlds and help us figure out the path for getting where we needed to be,” she said.

“And our view is that we have an obligation to give that back; you know, the further you go, the further you have to reach back and make sure you’re pulling other people along the way.”

She also stressed the importance of hard work and persevering despite personal and financial obstacles–an experience she shares with the students at Ballou.

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