When the Obamas took an incredibly well-deserved vacation, I was happy for them and all — but that didn’t stop me from counting the days until they returned to public life. Thankfully, they’re now back in action and Michelle Obama’s recent advice to high school students is so inspiring — and we should all listen up, regardless of our ages.

Michelle Obama made an appearance at MTV’s College Signing Day in New York City, and she addressed a group of high school seniors who are about to become the first people in their families to attend college.

She emphasized the importance of finding a community when they arrive on campus.

The event was emceed by Nick Cannon, and celebs including Ashley Graham and Bella Hadid were on hand to show their support for the students.

Education was a major priority for Obama while her husband was in office, and that’s not going to change.

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They may be private citizens, but both Barack and Michelle Obama will continue to make a difference in millions of lives.

Last month, Barack Obama addressed students in Chicago and encouraged them to become the next generation of changemakers. Michelle voiced similar sentiments during yesterday’s event.

They’re no longer in the White House (*sob*), but we can count on both Michelle and Barack Obama to continue fighting for all Americans.