"It does take time to know what yourself is, for young people. So, my first piece of advice is be patient with yourself, No. 1," Obama advised. "At your age, or in the teenage years and probably through your 20s, you're gonna be experimenting with so many versions of yourself, right? All young people are trying on different versions, different voices, they're learning more about their intellect, they're learning about what they love, what they're good at, what they like. This is the period of exploration."
The best-selling author told Wade not to worry about having it all figured out just yet and encouraged young people to keep on exploring and embracing "the new."
Wade thanked Obama for her advice and the pair made plans see each other in person one day.