2005 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Teri Agins

Wyandotte High School, 1971Teri Agins

Teri Agins sees life as a journey full of pit stops, detours, and fascinating experiences. The more experiences you have, the more you learn and grow.

As a senior special writer for the Wall Street Journal, Agins has had her fair share of fascinating experiences. She covers the retail and fashion industries, and has authored a nonfiction book, The End of Fashion: The Mass Marketing of the Clothing Business. Her fashion and retail expertise has landed her on numerous television entertainment and news programs, including "Oprah," "The View," "Extra," "Full Frontal Fashion," and CNN.

She believes her wholesome, Midwestern upbringing gave her a solid foundation and the stability she needed to thrive in school. She was a straight A student, a banner girl and a member of the yearbook staff, among other activities. Having "good teachers" in both junior high and high school, plus supportive and caring parents, gave her reasons to believe in herself.

She grew up knowing that she was going to attend college after high school, something her parents instilled in her at a young age.

Agins has a bachelor's degree in English and political science from Wellesley College, and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She began her career in journalism in 1977 as a reporter/editor for the Daily News Record in Chicago. From 1979 to 1984 she lived in Salvador and Belo Horizonte, Brazil where she worked as a correspondent for the Latin America Daily Post and served as a stringer for the Fairchild News Service, the New York Times and Time magazine.

Agin's advice for today's students is, "Be open to a lot of experiences." She believes that experiences are cumulative and help students to blossom and thrive.