According to former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama, education is the key to success. Therefore, she shared a photo of herself during her student days at Princeton, to all students to mane not to give up.
Obama went to the university of Princeton in the ‘80s. She studied sociology, and later she obtained her law degree from the university of Harvard. She was, together with her brother, the first of her family to continue studying.
This is me at Princeton in the early 1980s. I know that being a first-generation college student can be scary, because it was scary for me. I was black and from a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, while Princeton’s student body was generally white and well-to-do. I’d never stood out in a crowd or a classroom because of the color of my skin before. But I found close friends and a mentor who gave me the confidence to be myself. Going to college is hard work, but every day I meet people whose lives have been profoundly changed by education, just as mine was. My advice to students is to be brave and stay with it. Congratulations to the Class of 2018! #ReachHigher
“I know that it is scary to be the first generation of your family to pursue further studies, because that was it for me,’ she writes on Instagram. “I was black, and came from a middle-class family in Chicago. The other students at Princeton were white and mostly rich.’
She further writes that she first noticed her skin color. “But I found good friends and a mentor who gave me confidence and gifts,” said Obama.
She warns that studying at university is hard work, but that they experience that education is a life-changing. “My advice to students is to be courageous and to persevere’, she concludes her post.
Michelle Obama travels the country around to young people to convince to further study at college or university. She put her shoulders under the College Signing Day, a day on which schools to give extra attention to the application procedure for higher education in the United States.
I know how hard all of you have worked to make your dreams of going to college come true. I was once in your shoes, and I know it isn’t easy. But I can tell you that from the South Side of Chicago to Princeton and Harvard and beyond, my education unlocked so many doors for me – and I know it will do the same for you. That’s why #CollegeSigningDay has become one of my favorite traditions. It’s a day when we can all come together to honor your passion and ambition and cheer you on as you get ready to take the next big step in life. I’m so proud of you, and I can’t wait to see everything you achieve! #BetterMakeRoom (?? credit: @chuckkennedydc)