This video of Michelle Obama surprising Harlem high schoolers will make your freaking day
Former first lady Michelle Obama is definitely one of our heroes. From her work advocating for girls’ education with the organization Let Girls Learn to her never-ending poise and intelligence, she’s converted us all into former-FLOTUS stans. And we’re feeling more inspired than ever after Obama made a surprise visit to a high school in Harlem.
In a video shared by NowThis on October 25th, the former first lady Skyped into a college application prep session at Democracy Prep Harlem High School. The clip captured the students as they sat in the gym, watching a video chat being projected onscreen. After a few minutes, Obama appeared on camera, and the room erupted into cheers and applause.
"I've heard about all the hard work you guys are doing to prepare for college," the former first lady began. "I know what you're going through 'cause I am living with a senior myself, and these days are stressful and exhausting."
“I see you all, not just in the story of my children who have gone through this process,” she continued. “But I see you in my own story. I know what it’s like to have big goals for yourself but sometimes to second-guess yourself and be second-guessed by those around you.”
Obama didn’t just have inspiring words for the students. She also provided them with free tickets to her upcoming book tour for her memoir Becoming. And they’re not the only ones: The Detroit News notes that 10% of tickets at each stop in her book tour will be given to community groups for free.
Obama ended her virtual visit with the students by telling them to “keep reaching higher.”
"I'm proud of you," she told the students. "Barack is proud of you. We love you. In times like this, I think it's important for you to know that you've got people like us who have your backs and care deeply about your growth and development."
After her talk, NowThis interviewed several of the students, and they were clearly touched by the first lady’s words.
"The first black first lady is talking to us, out of all people," one girl said. "We’re not always privileged with the school we go to, with the opportunities we have, but that opportunity, no one can say they did that."
We can’t wait to read Becoming when it hits shelves on November 13th.