Michelle Obama’s Tips Will Make First-Gen College Students Better Their Best


To first-generation college students headed to school this month, the former First Lady Michelle Obama has but inspiring message to keep them grounded, motivated and proud.

As a part of Good Morning America‘s “First Gen” series, Michelle related her personal experience as a first-gen student to express her excitement and strong support for these students and their loved ones.

“I am so proud of you because as a first-generation college graduate myself, I know it isn’t easy to get to this point,” Michelle said. She also encouraged the first-generation students to be brave as “there are so many people who believe in you.”

Michelle encouraged students across the country, particularly those who will be the first in their families to attend college this fall to:

  1. Don’t ever doubt that you deserve to be there

The admissions committee saw something special in you and they were confident that you could succeed. That’s why they accepted you. Don’t waste any time worrying about whether you belong. Instead, put that energy into working hard and learning. Learn as much as you can.


  1. Don’t be afraid to try new things

These years are a precious opportunity to discover who you are and what you love doing, so be brave. Take some risks. Make some mistakes, and then learn from them.


  1. Whatever you do, don’t try to do this alone

Find a community to support you. Find professors to mentor you, and don’t ever be afraid to seek out deans, counselors, tutors, RAs [resident assistants] and ask for help when you need it.


  1. Never forget there are so many people who believe in you

[There are] people who are cheering you on every step of the way. I want you to know that Barack and I are proud of all of you, and we can’t wait to see everything you go on to achieve.