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seventeen - flotus & students

Michelle Obama is known to many as the first lady of the United States, but for young students set to attend college, she doubles as someone who succeeded from ignoring her “doubters and “haters.”

Featured on the cover of the May 2016 issue of Seventeen magazine with high school students Gemma Busoni and Zaniya Lewis, FLOTUS referenced how her high school teachers tried to tell her that she was setting her sights too high upon discovering her desire to apply to Princeton.

“When it was time for me to apply to colleges there were some counselors who said, ‘Maybe, with Princeton, you’re reaching a little high,’” the first lady recalled to Seventeen. “And I thought, ‘You really don’t think I can do it?’ But here’s what I did: I decided to ignore the doubters. I plunged ahead and I got in. I went on to Harvard Law School and every step of the way I used those doubting voices as motivation.

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