Hillary Clinton took responsibility Thursday for the perception that she is aloof, but said her natural reserve is born of a "hard path" to professional success as a woman.

"I know that I can be perceived as aloof or cold or unemotional. But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that’s a hard path to walk," the Democratic presidential candidate said in the interview published Thursday for the online site Humans of New York.

"Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don’t want to seem ‘walled off.’ And sometimes I think I come across more in the ‘walled off’ arena," Clinton said. "And if I create that perception, then I take responsibility. I don’t view myself as cold or unemotional. And neither do my friends. And neither does my family. But if that sometimes is the perception I create, then I can’t blame people for thinking that.”

In an interview Clinton tells the story of her law school admissions test at Harvard, and how male applicants heckled her and other women.

"My friend and I were some of the only women in the room," she said. "And while we’re waiting for the exam to start, a group of men began to yell things like, ‘You don’t need to be here.’ And ‘There’s plenty else you can do.’ It turned into a real ‘pile on.’ "

One told her he would be drafted for the Vietnam War if she took his spot, Clinton said.

"It was intense. It got very personal. But I couldn’t respond. I couldn’t afford to get distracted because I didn’t want to mess up the test. So I just kept looking down, hoping that the proctor would walk in the room."

The posting on the popular in-their-own words interview site comes as Clinton struggles with strong and persistent sentiment from voters who say they don't like her or don't trust her. She leads opponent Donald Trump in national polls and most battleground state polls as well, but more people now say they dislike her than did so when she entered the 2016 race.

She did not directly address that dislike in the HONY interview, and did not mention her candidacy.