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Be confident. Be strong.

Dear Cati Ana, As you are about to turn 22 and soon be finishing your degree I write this letter ...
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Yes, you can!

Dearest Sar, Remember the day that you dissected watches in your father's store in an attempt to replace old batteries? ...
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Nicole’s Letter to Her High School Self

Dear Nicole, You've made it to high school! Congratulations. In this new academic environment, you'll find your share of obstacles ...
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Get Excited! One Day You’ll Get To…

Dear 7th grade Claire, Hey Claire! You just finished an English assignment to write a letter to your future 12th ...
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Remember From Whence You Came

Dear Eleanor, You are thirteen-years old now and will graduate from the eighth grade in May. Your grades in Literature ...
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Continue To Be Curious

Hiya! (That's what our grandmother would say.) As with all of my advice, I can only tell you what has ...
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Dear 13 from 27

Dear 13-year old Terina on International Women's Day, You don’t like odd numbers. You’re a little superstitious like that sometimes ...
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In Retrospect – Letter From Alyssa W.

Hey, you. Long time no see. It's been a while. You're probably curious, from what I remember, about the future ...
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Janet Keefe’s Letter to Her High-School Self

Dear Janet in high school: As you approach the end of high school and head off to college, there are ...
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Sarah Lemaire’s Letter to Her Middle School Self

This is a guest post as part of our Letters to My Young Self" series. Sarah Lemaire is the Principal ...
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Environmental Scientist Marlin Martinez’ Letter to Her Young Self

Marlin is currently a PhD student in Environmental Science Management at the Universidad del Turabo, in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. As ...
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Mareshia Donald’s letter to her young self

Dr. Donald is a scientist and STEM outreach professional. She's an empiricist and a dreamer dedicated to diversifying the STEM ...
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Virologist Greetchen Diaz-Muñoz’s Letter to her Young Self

Dr. Greetchen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Nebraska Center for Virology studying the human papillomavirus. She is also a ...
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Human-System Engineer Laura Major’s Letter to Her Young Self

We just learned that former board member Laura Major was selected to as one of the 2014 Women to Watch ...
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Public Health Researcher Alissa Myrick’s letter to her 14-year-old self

This letter first appeared in 2010 as part of the letter to my young self project. Alissa is currently investigating ...
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Shilpa Lawande’s Letter to her young self

Dear me, You don't know me (yet) but I am you from 25 years into your future. You will be ...
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Jessica Angell’s Letter to her Teen Self

Jessica Angell is a veteran of Boston’s mobile start-up community and currently heads marketing for the PayPal Media Network, a ...
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Awo Ashiabor’s Letter to Her 13-year-old Self

Awo Ashiabor received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT. Awo is a ...
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Angelica Gonzalez’s Letter to Her Young Self

Dr. Gonzalez is a first-generation college student and now a biomedical engineer who uses a mutli-disciplinary approach, combining organic chemistry, ...
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Janet Ivey’s Letter to Her 10-year-old Self

Dear Sweet 10-Year-Old Janet: This is yourself at 46 and I, meaning you, meaning who we are now is writing ...
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Emily Conn’s Letter to Her 13-year-old Self

Emily was a mentor at SCFG during her time as a student at MIT. In 2011, after graduating with a ...
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Tebello Nyokong’s Letter to Her 18-year-old Self

Dr. Nyokong is the director of the Nanotechnology Innovation Center at Rhodes University, South Africa and the first South African ...
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Yvonne Ng’s Letter to Her 16-year-old Self

Mechanical engineer, professor, and Engineer's Playground blogger, Yvonne Ng offers her younger self some advice on confidence, finding the right ...
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Donna McCormick’s Letter to Her 13-year-old Self

Donna McCormick has wanted to be a food scientist since she was about 13 years old. She has a Bachelor's ...
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Sara MacSorley’s Letter to Her Young Self

Sara MacSorley graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology and minor in ...
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Sujata Bhatia’s Letter to Her Young Self

Sujata K. Bhatia, MD, PhD, PE is a physician, bioengineer, and professionally licensed chemical engineer who serves on the teaching ...
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Virologist Researcher, Sarah Pagni’s letter to her 16-year old self

Sarah Pagni is a PhD candidate at Mount Sinai School of Medicine studying how dengue virus modulates the human immune ...
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Immunologist, Linda Yang’s Letter to her Younger Self

Linda Yang is a postdoctoral fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. While attending graduate school at Mount Sinai School ...
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Natalie Johnson’s Letter to her young self

Natalie is a mathematician, business owner, programmer and teacher. She is the founder and CEO of READit, a consulting firm ...
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Systems Engineer Rebecca Reck’s Letter to her 10-year-old self

Rebecca Reck is a Senior Systems Engineer in the Automatic Flight Control Systems and Software group at Rockwell Collins. She ...
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Immunologist, quality assurance and regulatory affairs professional Angela Lee Foreman’s Letter to her 7-year-old self

Dr. Angela Lee Foreman is currently a managing partner at Sapphire Executives and Research Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology ...
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Cancer researcher and blogger Kate Sleeth’s Letter to her 12-year-old self

Dr. Kate Michelle Sleeth is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope in ...
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Combining art and science: Ilana Robbins’ Letter to her Young Self

Ilana Robbins received her bachelor’s degree in art and biology from the University of Connecticut, going on to study art ...
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Biochemist Chitra Thakur-Mahadik’s Letter to her young self

Dr. Thakur-Mahadik obtained her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in biochemistry and hemoglobinopathy from the University of Mumbai. She was a staff ...
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Astronomer and educator Ann Martin’s letter to her 14-year-old self

Dr. Ann Martin (Twitter: @Annie314159) is a postdoctoral fellow at NASA Langley Research Center, working on the NASA Innovations in ...
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Environmental educator and activist Yvonne Maingey’s letter to her young self

Yvonne Maingey is currently undergoing graduate training on environmental education at NYU. Originally from Kenya, she has been an environmental ...
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Neurobiologist and Erin Cadwalader’s Letter to her young self

Erin Cadwalader earned her Ph.D. in neurobiology, studying why knocking out a gene that modifies sugars on the surface of ...
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Research writer Amanda Jacobson’s Letter to her Young Self

Dear Amanda, Don’t worry about money, just do what makes you happy and keeps you challenged. You will save time ...
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Roslyn Potter’s letter to her almost-16-year-old self

Friday, April 14, 1961 Dearest Roz, Tomorrow is your 16th birthday, Happy Birthday! You’ve got so much to be happy ...
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Food Scientist Donna McCormick’s Letter to her 13-year-old Self

Dear Donna, In your heart of hearts, you know you were born to make an impact on the world around ...
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Marine Biologist Sara MacSorley’s letter to her younger self

Sara MacSorley graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology and minor in ...
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Chemical engineer Rossitza Gueorguieva Alargova’s letter to her teen self

To: Rossitza Gueorguieva Aytos, Bulgaria October 6th, 1978 From: Rossitza Gueorguieva Alargova, PhD Cambridge, MA October 6th, 2011 Dear Rossitza, ...
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Diabetes Research Scientist Itzia Iglesias’ Letter to her Young Self

Itzia Iglesias is a staff scientist at the City of Hope Hospital, located north of Los Angeles in California. She ...
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Conservation biologist Kaitlin Baird’s Letter to her young self

Kaitlin received her Masters in Conservation Biology from Columbia University. She is currently a NOAA fellow for 2012 for the ...
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Jugnu Jain’s letter to her 14-year-old self

Dr. Jugnu Jain recently returned to her native India and co-founded Saarum Sciences, based in Hyderabad. Prior to that she ...
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Meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon’s Advice for Young Girls

WFXT’s meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon answers questions about how she came to love and study weather through this video blog. Yes, ...
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Yvonne Ng’s letter to her 16-year-old self

Mechanical engineer, professor, and Engineer’s Playground blogger, Yvonne Ng offers her younger self some advice on confidence, finding the right ...
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Cheryl Sanderson’s letter to her 3rd-grade-self

Cheryl Sanderson is a science teacher at the Summer Street Elementary School in Lynnfield, MA. She is focused on fostering ...
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Phoebe Cohen’s Letter to her 12-year-old self

Dr. Phoebe Cohen is the Education and Outreach Coordinator & Postdoctoral Associate on the MIT NASA Astrobiology Team. As part ...
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Allison Drew’s letter to her 12-year-old self

Allison Drew is a cell biologist. The organisms she studies keep getting smaller and smaller, as she started out studying ...
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Anjelica Gonzalez’s Letter to her Young Self

Dr. Gonzalez is a first-generation college student and now a biomedical engineer who uses a mutli-disciplinary approach, combining organic chemistry, ...
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Rachel Shearer’s Letter to her 16-year-old self

Rachel Shearer is a software engineer at Google who works on making Google’s web applications and tools more accessible to ...
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Blogger Dog Zombie’s letter to her high school self

The Dog Zombie is currently in veterinary school. She figures she will be a veterinarian for at least five years ...
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Margaret Chu-Moyer’s letter to her 16-year-old self

Dr. Margaret Chu-Moyer’s early interest in the ingredients in shampoo foreshadowed her path to become an organic chemist. She has ...
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Elma Feric’s letter to her 8-year-old self

Elma Feric does research on neuroscience. Originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia, Elma lived in Germany for six years before coming to ...
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Judy Giordan’s Letter to her 10-year-old Self

Dr. Giordan started out as a Pharmacy major changed to environmental science education and eventually found her love in organic ...
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Awo Ashiabor’s Letter to her 13-year-old Self

Awo Ashiabor received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT. Awo is a ...
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Joanne Kamens’ Letter to her 13-year-old Self

Dr. Joanne Kamens develops treatments for human diseases based on RNA interference, a natural mechanism of controlling gene expression. **************** ...
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Blogger 29-and-a-PhD’s Letter to her Young Self

Dr 29 is proud of her hispanic heritage and her love for science. She’s learned to love and respect supporting ...
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Marcie Black’s Letter to her young genetic self

Dr. Marcie Black is the co-founder and the chief technology officer at Bandgap Engineering. She is developing technology that will ...
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Blogger biochembelle’s Letter to her 13-year-old Self

Hi there, kid. It’s me—your future self. It’s been 15 years. You’re not too far into high school, trying to ...
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Tebello Nyokong’s Letter to her 18-year-old Self

Dr. Nyokong’s is the director of the Nanotechnology Innovation Center at Rhodes University, South Africa and the first South African ...
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Lynda Jordan’s letter to her young self

Reverend Lynda Marie Jordan is a researcher in Science and Religion, a community activist and an ordained minister. Dr. Lynda ...
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Alissa Myrick’s letter to her 14-year-old self

Alissa is currently investigating tuberculosis as a Yerby Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. ***************** Hey ...
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Jacinthe Gingras’ letter to her young self

Jacinthe currently conducts research directed towards drug design and discovery for conditions of debilitation such as pain and neurodegenerative diseases ...
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Ishara Mills-Henry’s letter to her young self

As a young girl, Ishara thought about becoming an artist or an astronaut. She also thought about joining the Peace ...
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Lucie N’Guessan’s letter to her 15-year-old self

Lucie comes from a family of scientists and engineers, and she currently works in Texas as an environmental engineer. In ...
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Letter to My Future Self

As a twist in the plot, we have asked our Junior Mentors to express their dreams about their future by ...
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Melanie Cooke’s letter to her 19-year-old self

Melanie is a chemist who has found a career that saves the world, pays back her student loans and leaves ...
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Christiane Bode’s letter to her 12-year-old self

Christiane uses her knowledge of chemistry to develop new cancer drugs. ***************** Dear Christiane, I’m having a hard time putting ...
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Jo Solet’s letter to her 6-year-old self

Curiosity, courage and perseverance helped Jo on her path. Right now, she is trying to improve patient recovery by studying ...
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Debbie Chachra’s letter to her teenage self

Debbie has loved to build and create things since she was a young girl. ***************** To: Debbie Chachra Scarborough, ON ...
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Debra Auguste’s letter to her teen self

When faced with the decision of where to pursue her higher education, Debra was determined to attend MIT and Princeton ...
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Ronnie Maffa’s letter to her young self

With a strong foundation of good values and work ethic, Ronnie is always prepared to tackle challenges as the director ...
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Laura Major’s letter to her young self

Combining psychology, anthropology, and business with engineering, Laura works with pilots and astronauts to design better flight and landing controls ...
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Mondira Pant’s letter to her 15-year-old self

As lead technologist at Intel, Mandy’s goal is to create the most energy efficient microprocessor. Her hobby is dancing. ***************** ...
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Anna Dietrich’s letter to her young self

Anna has wanted to create flying machines since she was a kindergartener. ***************** Dear me a while ago – I’ve ...
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Reverend Dr. Lynda Marie Jordan

Biographical Sketch Reverend Dr. Lynda Marie Jordan is a native Bostonian, born in Roxbury Massachusetts. She is the third of ...
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