Last month, it was revealed that “Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi was the recipient of a special college recommendation letter from First Lady Michelle Obama. Now, the actress is opening up about her plans for higher education.
In a recent interview with Seventeen Magazine, Shahidi discussed the areas of study she will focus on in college, adding that she has decided to double major for an extra challenge. She also explored her school options. Although the actress has yet to reveal where she will be attending college, she has a few options to choose from, she explained.
“I did get all of my college acceptances and I’m keeping them close to the belt as of right now, but I got into every college I applied to,” she said.
“So that’s really exciting. I found all of that out last week,” she added. “My college plans are all up in the air, but I will choose within the next month.”
Despite the backlash Shahidi’s witnessed aimed at Malia Obama after she announced that she would be taking a year off from school, she revealed last October to PEOPLE, that she will be considering a similar option. But, when Shahidi finally arrives at a university of her choosing, she has decided to pursue a degree in both African American studies and sociology. While she hasn’t decided on a major yet, she’s leaning towards social justice if she doesn’t focus on the arts.
In the meantime, as she continues through life’s journey, exploring ways to find a balance between life as a child star and a-soon-to-be college student, she’s revealed a few people that she looks up to for tips and guidance along the way.
“There’s so many different people for different reasons. I think when it comes to fashion and just her aura, I like Solange. And then also Tracee (Ellis Ross) is such a great example. She went to Brown, she got her honorary doctorate from Brown, what what,” Shahidi said.
“There are so many people, who have found ways to balance school, life, career – all of it,” she added. “And what I realized is that even with college, my wonder and desire to study sociology stems from the same desire I have to be an actor just in the understanding of humans and I realize that’s what I’m fascinated in – understanding humans.”