First Lady Michelle Obama Gives Priceless Insight To Her Daughters On Selecting A College

We’ve seen Malia and Sasha Obama blossom into inspirational young ladies, and the next step in their young adult life is steadily approaching. Well, at least for Malia who’s preparing to start her collegiate career this fall. But First Lady Michelle Obama had sound advice for both of her daughters when it comes to selecting a school to further their education.

As the cover star of Seventeen Magazine, Mrs. Obama shared some insight on what to keep in mind when choosing a college to attend, and what steps she took when it was her time to pick a higher education facility.

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“The one thing I’ve been telling my daughters is that I don’t want them to choose a name,” she said. “I don’t want them to think, ‘Oh I should go to these top schools.’ We live in a country where there are thousands of amazing universities. So, the question is: What’s going to work for you?”

Although Sasha and the First Family will remain in Washington, D.C. until she finishes high school, Malia might conquer the world away from home. The 17-year-old is reportedly considering attending Barnard College or New York University, WNBC-NY reports.

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Mrs. Obama also shared her own experience with the college application process. “When it was time for me to apply to colleges there were some counselors who said, ‘Maybe, with Princeton, you’re reaching a little high and I thought, ‘You really don’t think I can do it?’ But here’s what I did: I decided to ignore the doubter,” she said. “I plunged ahead and I got in. I went on to Harvard Law School and every step of the way I used those doubting voices as motivation.”