Victorian windows and magnolia blooms at Yale University.

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Did you know that Lady Gaga almost walked away from the music industry because she sensed that she had become a “money making machine”?
She might act tough, but she’s only human, like the rest of us.

Lady Gaga recently stopped by the Yale School of Management at Yale University and joined approximately 200 high school students, top policy makers, and academic officials to discuss ways to identify and channel emotions for positive outcomes.

As part of Yale University, the Yale School of Management is a very prestigious program and is ranked in the top 15 best graduate business schools. Yale SOM’s alumni network includes successful individuals like Tom Ascheim (Former Newsweek CEO and President of ABC Family) and Sally Rocker (Managing Director at J.C. Flowers & Co.).

The event, #EmotionRevolution Summit, is a new initiative that partners with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. The foundation is committed to “supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world.” The panel of the event also included Yale President Peter Salovey, a pioneer in the study of emotional intelligence.

Results of an online survey involving 22,000 high school students were unveiled at the event by Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. As the survey explored how young people currently feel and how they want to feel in school (and possible reasons for these emotions), findings revealed that the words “tired,” “stressed,” and “bored” were among the most common words students used to explain their emotions at school.

“We need to close the gap between what students are currently are feeling and how they want to be feeling,” said Brackett. “We need to give young people and the adults who are teaching and raising them the tools and resources they need to create schools and families where emotions matter! We need an Emotion Revolution.”

Revealing why becoming a “money making machine” made her so unhappy, Lady Gaga began to feel better about herself once she started saying no to things, adding, “Slowly but surely, I remembered who I am.”

Click here to watch Lady Gaga’s full speech.