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My personal definition of a boss babe is someone who projects confidence, stays in control of their life, and never lets anyone get in their way. My mom taught me from a young age to never let my voice be squashed and to be loud and proud about the things that mean the most to me. If I am being honest, I don’t think I know how to live life any other way. Here are 5 tips on becoming a boss babe:

  1. Be loud and unapologetic. Let yourself be heard. There’s an art to knowing when to let your voice be the loudest in the room and it’s something I am still working on. It is important to use your voice to stand up for yourself and others. It’s an essential part of leadership and will help you climb the ladder of success.
  2. Confidence is key. Even if you are not feeling your best, confidence really is key. There is a certain glow to someone who feels confident in themselves. Be confident in your own skin, your opinions, and your worth. Let it fuel you in all other areas of your life. 
  3. Be independent. Being independent allows you to flourish on your own and get things done. Independence can look like having a few days to yourself to check things off your to-do list, as well as, taking care of your own physical and mental needs. You should always be able to rely on yourself. 
  4. Work hard. No one else can help you become successful other than yourself. Mentors and role models can give you the tools and advice you need to succeed, but it is up to you to make it happen. Working your bum off will almost always leave you feeling fulfilled and pay off in the end.
  5. Never put others down. When you are on your own path it’s best to never put others down around you. Your success and the success of those around you are not mutually exclusive. Never treat things as competitions, especially with your inner circle. It will only lead to resentment and hurt feelings. 

When it comes to being THAT boss babe, focusing on yourself and what you can control will be your best friend. Know when to be assertive, when to be gentle, and through and through, always be kind. 

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Abbey LeClair

U Mass Amherst '22

Abbey LeClair is a senior at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, majoring in Psychology on the Neuroscience track. She loves to spend her time hanging out with friends, listening to music, and dancing for the UMass Dance Club. Feel free to follow her on Instagram: @abbeyleclair