Michelle Obama Tells Students “My College Story Can Be Yours”


June 17, 2014
by Suada Kolovic
First Lady Michele Obama has always been a champion of higher education. Whether she's petitioning for more low-income students to attend college or drawing parallels on her own college experience in order to encourage students, promoting a college education has always been among her top priorities. In fact, she recently expanded on her personal college story with a piece in Education Week, where she promoted her latest Reach Higher campaign.

First Lady Michele Obama has always been a champion of higher education. Whether she's petitioning for more low-income students to attend college or drawing parallels on her own college experience in order to encourage students, promoting a college education has always been among her top priorities. In fact, she recently expanded on her personal college story with a piece in Education Week, where she promoted her latest Reach Higher campaign.

The Reach Higher Initiative is an effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether in a professional training program, community college or four-year college or university. "My message to these young people is that while all of us adults – teachers, administrators and policymakers – have to do a better job of giving them the best schools and opportunities for their future, at the end of the day, they also need to step up and take responsibility for their education themselves," said the first lady on the need for young people to take the future of their education into their own hands. “That means going to class every day, setting their goals high and working like crazy to achieve them. That's been the story of my life and my husband's life, so when I talk to these young people, my hope is that they see that our story can be their story, too – as long as they're willing to dedicate themselves to their education,” she added. To read her full commentary on the importance of completing a college education, head over to edweek.org.

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Ingrid S  on  6/21/2014 12:42:55 PM commented:

My daughter was adopted from a third world country and didn't come to the US until she was 11 years old. This is when she started her education. She graduated this year with a 3.0 gpa and wanted to go to a Christian University but because we are considered middle class she does not qualify for loans nor have we been able to find any scholarships. It's commendable to help low income families but what about students that try very hard in school and then find out they can't go to the school of their dreams because they can't get the money?

Patty H  on  6/17/2014 3:18:28 PM commented:

While it is commendable to offer scholarships to students from low income brackets, students from the middle class are experiencing a financial crisis as well. Their families do not qualify for loans and many scholarships are not given to them because students from low income brackets are deemed as having a greater need. These students are being disqualified based on an unfair financial basis.

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