Malia Obama to Take Gap Year Before Attending Harvard in 2017
Malia Obama will take a gap year after graduating from high school before she attends Harvard University in the fall of 2017, the White House said Sunday.
The 17-year-old First Daughter reportedly visited more than a dozen schools, including six of the eight Ivy League schools, before she chose Harvard.
Officials did not say what the older of the president’s two daughters would be doing during her gap year.
Obama, who was 10 when her father took office, will soon graduate from Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C.
Both the president and First Lady are Harvard Law grads and have four Ivy League degrees between them.
Michelle Obama graduated from Harvard Law in 1988, after graduating from Princeton in 1985.
Barack Obama received his law degree from Harvard in 1991 after graduating completing his undergraduate studies at Columbia University in 1983.
The president has in the past has said finding the best school for oneself is a “tough process,” saying to a group of Des Moines high schoolers last fall that his daughter was “going through it right now.”
“You guys are juggling deadlines and applications and personal statements,” he told the audience, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
He said he told his oldest child “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,” he continued.
Malia Obama is said to be an aspiring filmmaker.
She interned last summer in New York City on the Brooklyn set of HBO’s “Girls,” the comedy-drama created by and starring Lena Dunham.
She also worked as a production assistant on “Extant,” a since-canceled CBS sci-fi drama that filmed in California.
Her 14-year-old sister, Sasha, is finishing her freshman year at the elite private school Malia Obama is set to graduate from this spring.
The president and first lady have said they will not return to Chicago, where they have a home, but will remain in Washington after his term ends in January.
That would allow younger daughter Sasha to finish studies in the spring of 2019.