You do you. That’s what Michelle Obama is saying to her daughters and our nation’s teenage girls when it comes to picking the right college.
In the upcoming issue of Seventeen Magazine, the first lady share’s her college advice to her daughters. Malia who is 17, is about to start her freshman year of college this fall and Sasha who is 14-years-old is about to begin the search process.
In the article, the first lady is quoted saying,
“The one thing I’ve been telling my daughters is that I don’t want them to choose a name. 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?”
It’s true. There are many college counselors around the country who will advise you to not apply to a certain university because you are reaching too high, which is what happened with the First Lady. Her guidance counselor told her that Princeton was too high of a reach. Her response?
“I decided to ignore the doubters. 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.”
But the First Lady is right. This is the best advice any student can get and what especially every girl should remember. Do not let anyone crush your dreams or tell you that you can’t do something. You can do anything you set your mind to. I should know.
I was told the same thing going through the college application process from not only my guidance counselor but my family as well. What did it do? It fueled in me the fire to accomplish my dream of going to the university of my choice. But not only was it my choice, it was the school that fit me. The best part about not listening to the doubters? I got in.
President Obama has come out giving the same advice for students around the country including his daughters.
“There are a lot of good colleges and universities out there, and it’s important, I think, for everybody here to understand you can find a college or university that gives you a great education.”
You can, and you will. But remember, don’t be a follower, be a leader and find the college that is right for you.
The May issue of Seventeen is set to hit stands soon.
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