Michelle Obama Covers the New Issue of Seventeen Magazine – Talks College and Doing What Works for You


The coolest FLOTUS ever (First Lady of the United States), Michelle Obama, is the cover girl for the new edition of Seventeen magazine. The wife of the most powerful man in the free world who broke the internet with her music that saw her rhyming lines “If you wanna fly jets, you should go to college. Reach high and cash checks? Fill your head with knowledge” for her Better Make Room campaign, an initiative to encourage young teens to go to college sat down with the two lucky winners of the essay competition organized by the magazine- Gemma Busoni and Zaniya Lewis, at the White House for a tete-a-tete on varying topics from figuring out college, to slaying.

The mother of 2 looked as flawless as always and answered the questions asked by Gemma and Zaniya.

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“First thing’s first: don’t sweat if you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up,” she said.

“I always tell people, the question of what you want to be when you grow up is one that you will eternally be answering. I’m still asking myself that question!” she said.

“What am I going to do when I leave here? How do I want to impact the world? I’ve gotten used to the fact that I don’t have to know. I’m always going to be discovering new parts of myself, and you’ll find that you will be too.”

The Harvard Law graduate who said she didn’t have her life figured out at 17 (none of us actually do) spoke about proving the people who doubted her when it was time to choose a college.

 “…I never thought I’d be First Lady! [laughs] When I was growing up, the notion that we would have aAfrican-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!”

“…When it was time for me to apply to colleges there were some counselors who said, ‘Maybe, with Princeton, you’re reaching 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.”

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She also talked on her daughters looking beyond the Ivy-league schools and going for what works for them.

“The one thing I’ve been telling my daughters is that I don’t want them to choose a name,” she says. “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?”

Source: Seventeen magazine


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