What’s the best way to ensure that you’ll get into any college of your choosing? Have the most awesome FLOTUS write your college recommendation letter.
Yara Shahidi, who graduates from high school this year, plans to double-major in African American studies and sociology. She applied to four colleges, including Harvard, and according to W Magazine, former First Lady Michelle Obama not only gave Yara a pep talk before she took her AP exams, she also wrote the young star a college recommendation letter.
“She is very amazing and such a supporter, which is something very surreal to say,” Shahidi said.
Like Malia Obama, Yara plans to defer college for at least a year. She told People Magazine back in October, “I know when Malia Obama announced [she was deferring], she got a lot of flack, but I feel like what’s interesting is I know so many people that are deferring. It’s more than to just roam around or just sit down and stare at a wall, but it will also give me an opportunity to work,” Shahidi says. “I’ve been working more than half of my life and that’s always been balanced with school and all of the other responsibilities, so to have a year to focus on work and to focus on specified interests will be nice before I pick a career and choose what I want to study and my life path.”
Yara has currently landed her very own Black-ish spin-off, which will focus on her character’s college life. Congrats to her!