Malia Obama, US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s eldest daughter, decided she will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017 after a one year gap, the White House announced on Sunday. She will be in the class of 2021.
Malia Obama chose Harvard over her parents’ advice that it is not important to always go to a school with big name or reputation. The decision was confirmed in a small statement from the first lady’s office on Sunday. Malia will join the long line of presidential children who went to the Ivy League university.
Last fall, the president said he had told his daughter not to stress too much about getting into a particular school. “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 told Malia as quoted by The New York Times.
Obama announced on Saturday at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that the family will be staying in Washington for a couple of years after he retires from presidentship for his younger daughter Sasha to finish high school.
“Our decision has actually presented a bit of a dilemma because traditionally presidents don’t stick around after they’re done. And it’s something that I’ve been brooding about a little bit,” CNN quoted Obama as saying at the dinner in which he also launched a video that showed what he would do after leaving the office. The video also featured Vice-President Joe Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner.
He added jokingly that his wife Michelle wants to “stay closer to her plot of carrots. She’s already making plans to see them every day.”
According to higher education experts, the year-long deferral taken by 80 to 110 students before the start of their first year is a way to engage in travels and other constructive and meaningful activities.