Michelle Obama sheds light on her college experience!

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Michelle Obama is known as the First Lady of the United States, but she is way more than that. She is a Princeton and Harvard Law School graduate, the face of the Lets Move! children health campaign, the mother of two teenage girls, and also our forever woman crush.

The FLOTUS gracefully covered the front page of Seventeen Magazine in April, as she discussed her college experience, naysayers, while gave advice for aspiring successful girls out there (like us!).

Seventeen’s corresponding website reported some of the key points of Obama’s interview.

“…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,'” she recalls. “And I thought, ‘You really don’t think I can do it?’ But here’s what I did: 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.”

She always had big aspirations, one being a student at Princeton. But what do you do when there are so many people who are against your dreams? Mrs. Obama suggests you ignore them and move forward. As young women, it is unfortunate we experience so many naysayers and people who want to discourage us from being great, but by using her words as a guideline we can prevail.

Michelle Obama also did not think she would ever be our country’s First Lady, Seventeen reported:

“…I never thought I’d be First Lady! [laughs] When I was growing up, the notion that we would have an African-American president, the possibility that we would have a woman president, that wasn’t even on the horizon. I didn’t believe it until we walked into the White House!”

This goes to show that anything is possible. In her words, ‘face those challenges, stay true to yourself, and run the world’ and you too can do it!

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My name is Anaja Smith, a Sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus majoring in Broadcast Journalism. At my university, I am apart of NABJ as the Membership Chair position, SeeYouWeekly (a broadcasting organization), and Women of Color which promotes unity and sisterhood for women on campus. I love everything fashion related whether it is clothes, makeup, bags, or simply looking to celebrities for style inspo. With that being said, my dream job is to become a fashion correspondent for E! News headquarters in California where I can interview and talk to people about it for a living! Other goals of mine is to attend Northwestern University in Evanston,IL for my masters degree and also to give back to the less fortunate and underserved communities in Chicago, my home town.

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