Michelle Obama’s Offers Advice To Incoming College Students

Michelle Obama dropped some major gems to rising college freshmen last week with sports journalist Michael Wilbon and Spotify executives.

Essence reports that Obama told 31 students from Washington D.C.’s Dunbar School that “This isn’t supposed to be easy “ as she discussed college and what it could mean for the students.

Obama went on to say, “So if it isn’t easy for you, that’s okay. You’re right on track.” The students Michelle spoke with were participating in a daylong event that focused on college preparation.

This event was a partnership with Reach Higher at Civic Nation and contributed to Obama’s continued push to speak candidly with first generation and imperiled students to prepare them with the means they need to succeed at a university or college. During her time in the White House, Obama held annual “Beating the Odds” discussions that would focus solely on higher education.

Sports journalist Michael Wilbon accompanied Obama for this session. Spotify executives Troy Carter, the VP of Creator Services, and Danielle Lee, VP of Partner Solutions were also in attendance and contributed their personal lessons learned from their journeys in the technology industry. All guests also participated in a panel conversation on how music can influence culture and communities.

Some more advice from the former first lady was to manage expectations, to ask for assistance when you need it, to not procrastinate by letting work pile up, and to find balance in all your activities.

Essence reports that Obama stated this, “Life is about balance. People who are successful find balance in their life,” she said. “They don’t drink too much. They don’t stay up too late.”

She continued, “That doesn’t mean you don’t have fun,” she added. “It means you find balance.”

Obama’s advice was not only thoughtful, but also transcendent for all audiences. Beneficial advice and tips regardless of your position in life.

 – Contributed by Amaya Starkey

WHUR Contributor


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