We’ve all fallen in love with Michelle Obama’s style and grace during her last 8 years in the White House. During her time as FLOTUS, she’s become a huge advocate in promoting healthy lifestyles for the next generation and quality education for young girls living all over the world. Earlier today, The FADER released an essay penned by the First Lady, that reflects on some of her personal life experiences and takes a deeper look at why pursuing a college degree has become so important.
“As you check out The FADER, reading the stories and looking at photographs of the latest trendsetters, you might be inspired to dream about a career in music or entertainment yourself.” she begins. “And as you learn about people who’ve been successful in these industries, you might notice that many of them didn’t finish—or even attend—college. That might lead you to think that you too can skip higher education and go straight to career success. But chances are, that’s simply not true.”
She continues, explaining how college degrees today are more powerful than ever: “Whether you attend a four-year college, a community college, or a professional training program, getting a higher education degree is the key to building a successful career. That’s because in today’s economy, a high school diploma just doesn’t cut it anymore. In fact, studies show that compared to folks who only finish high school, people who graduate from college have an easier time finding a job and earn about $1 million more on average over their lifetimes.”
Michelle Obama also revealed her experiences navigating the college admissions process and provided helpful tips in how students can ease the application process by joing her Better Make Room initiative and using all the financial tools provided by FAFSA.
Read Michelle Obama’s full essay, here.