Just because the President of the United States gives you advice on your college applications doesn’t mean you have to take it. Especially if you’re his daughter and you’re looking at a dozen or so perfectly awesome schools.
Eldest first daughter, Malia Obama, is in the middle of college app season and like so many other seniors around the country, she’s just trying to make the best out of her experience. But unlike all those other seniors, she has to contend with Secret Service, paparazzi, and an endless amount of requests to pose for Snapchats with other folks on campus.
The schools are doing their best to accommodate the First Daughter, giving her as low-key an experience as is possible. Malia even left Mom and Dad at home so she could really get a sense of each campus.
Malia currently attends the prestigious Sidwell school, and she’s doing much better than passing, you can be sure. She’s toured six out of the eight Ivies and they’ve done their best to give her the same experience as everyone else.
Yale charged a former Mr. Yale contestant as her host, while other schools went with law students and the children of prominent alumni. What’s interesting about Malia’s application method is that she isn’t resigned to fulfill any expectations. Her mother, the First Lady went to Princeton and both parents went to Law School at Harvard, but Malia is looking at schools on the East and West Coast. President Obama delivered a speech to a group of high school seniors recently, but he used his experiences with Malia to offer advice to the students. One piece of advice was, “keep your grades up until you get in, and after that, make sure you pass.”
In that same speech to the Des Moines students, the President told seniors, “One piece of advice that I’ve given her is not to stress too much about having to get into one particular college. Just because it’s not some name-brand, famous, fancy school doesn’t mean that you’re not going to get a great education there.”
Malia took this advice to heart and is looking at public and private institutions alike. No matter what school she decides on, she’s sure to get noticed. Her extracurricular activities include an internship on the HBO series Girls, a production assistant on CBS’ Extant , and hobnobbing with world leaders, including meeting both the Pope and President Xi Jinping of China.
Although it seems like Malia Obama might have an easy time deciding on a school, she’s still under intense pressure, just like every other senior right now, to pick the right place to go to school. Thank goodness she can just ask the President of the United States to weigh in, even if he is her dad.
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