I almost feel bad writing this story. Starting your first year of college is already a vulnerable, nerve-racking, uncertain time. And the stakes are definitely heightened when the entire world is watching.
Yesterday, Malia Obama, with the help of her parents, moved into her dorm room at Harvard University.
As you can imagine, sightings of the Obamas were the subjects of several tweets.
Apparently, during the move in Steve Annear, a reporter from the Boston Globe approached Malia for a comment but she declined. Instead, she shook his hand and kept it moving. #Manners
A couple of people noted that “black-ish” star and activist Yara Shahidi will also be enrolled on campus at the same time. More than a few people want them to become friends and take over the world. I’m not opposed.
Malia comes to campus after taking a gap year during which time she interned for Lena Dunham’s “Girls” and worked as an intern for the Weinstein Company in New York. She also worked as a PA for Halle Berry’s short lived show “Extant” in Los Angeles.
During an episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” Halle Berry said that while Malia was eager to work, the cast and crew could never accept her as a PA.
“She was down to do whatever a PA is asked to do, and I had wild respect for her for that. Everybody couldn’t really see her as a PA, although she tried and tried to be one. We just couldn’t really see her as one, but to her credit, she tried very hard to be one. She was fantastic, she was amazing. She is such a smart, beautiful, young woman. Look at who her mother and her father are, so duh!”
In attending Harvard, Malia follows in her parents footsteps as both Barack and Michelle graduated from Harvard Law School.
I know she might not have the traditional college experience but I’m hoping and praying she surrounds herself with decent people, you know the type that won’t plaster her every move all over social media. More than any of the lessons you learn in the classroom, you do a lot of growing up in college; so we’re wishing the absolute best for her.