‘Be brave’

Michelle Obama recalls ‘scary’ experience of going to Princeton as a black first-generation student

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On Tuesday, Michelle Obama issued her congratulations to the class of 2018 and shared a picture of herself from her college days at Princeton, writing that going to school can be “hard” and “scary,” but nonetheless profoundly empowering. In her post, the former first lady acknowledged that she struggled with her own fears and insecurities during her time at Princeton, especially as a black first-generation student.

“I was black and from a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, while Princeton’s student body was generally white and well-to-do,” Obama wrote. “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,” she added. “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.”

Obama tagged the post with the hashtag #ReachHigher, the program she launched in 2014 as first lady in order to encourage students to pursue higher education.

In recent days, Obama has also been sharing photos and stories from her upcoming book, BECOMING, including a picture of herself with former President Barack Obama from their wedding day in October 1992. In another post, she showed an image of herself as a child sitting next to her parents in their “cramped apartment on the South Side of Chicago.” Her family, she wrote, “helped me see the value in our story, in my story, and in the larger story of our country.”

Read the full story at HuffPost.

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