Former First Lady Michelle Obama, who was told by her high school counselor that she wasn’t Ivy League material, but went on to Princeton and Harvard anyway, urged thousands of students to follow her lead on Wednesday during a high-energy appearance at UCLA.
It marked the first time that Obama chose to celebrate College Signing Day on the West Coast. She started the event in 2014 to encourage teenagers to pursue higher education, career training or military service after high school. A major focus is on students who are low-income and the first in their families to attend college.
The roar and cheers were deafening as she stepped on stage at Pauley Pavilion.
“Helloooo Los Angeles!” Obama said after being introduced by late night TV host Conan O’Brien. “We are here today for all of you. I want you all to know you personally are about to make the best investment that you can possibly make.”
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