Michelle Obama Reflects on Her Own Days as a Student as She Shares Rare Back-To-School TBT Pic on World Charity Day

Michelle Obama shared a throwback photo from her school days but succeeded in using it to reflect on the value of her own education and why every girl should have one.

It’s Back-To-School season, and while the former First Lady has two daughters in college, she can’t help “thinking about all the young people heading back to school.”

Michelle Obama & daughters Sasha and Malia at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day on Aug. 24, 2013 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Michelle Obama & daughters Sasha and Malia at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day on Aug. 24, 2013 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Alongside an adorable pic of a younger Michelle grinning at the camera in bangs and a plaid outfit, the Chicago native took a brief trip down memory lane.

“I learned a lot in school—how to do my multiplication tables and structure a paragraph,” Michelle, 55, continued. “Yes, but also how to push myself, be a good friend, and dust myself off after a failure.”

Michelle Obama at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial on Nov. 10, 2014 in Virginia | Photo: Getty Images

Michelle Obama at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial on Nov. 10, 2014 in Virginia | Photo: Getty Images

FACTS TO THINK ON

The “Becoming” author then reeled off some depressing facts about girls’ education across the globe:

“It’s so easy for us to take our education for granted, especially here in the United States. Right now, more than 98 million adolescent girls around the world are not in school. I believe every girl on the planet deserves the same kind of opportunities that I’ve had—a chance to fulfill her potential and pursue her dreams.”

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As I begin the final weekend of my #IAmBecoming tour, I joined my friends @honeychildtracy and @michele__norris in Florida to talk about why it's so important to make sure girls know the power in their own stories. Whether as a parent, mentor, teacher, or neighbor, each of us can show them that their voices are valued and respected from a young age—and that can have an extraordinary effect on who they’ll become in the years ahead. When we view their voices as equal, when we truly listen to them and appreciate what they say, they will feel more empowered to share themselves with the rest of the world, too. Organizations like @HoneyShineInc and @OYCMiami are living out this message by giving girls in Florida the tools and platform they need to reach their boundless potential. To the ladies I met with today, never underestimate the power in your own story — I hope you’ll share yours bravely, and help others share theirs, too. It’s how we all keep becoming, together.

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“We know that when we give girls a chance to learn, they’ll seize it. And when they do, our whole world benefits,” she added. “Girls who go to school have healthier children, higher salaries, lower poverty rates, and they can even help boost their entire nation’s economy.”

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It’s after Labor Day, so I’m thinking about all the young people heading back to school and reflecting on my own days as a student in Chicago. I learned a lot in school—how to do my multiplication tables and structure a paragraph, yes, but also how to push myself, be a good friend, and dust myself off after a failure. It’s so easy for us to take our education for granted, especially here in the United States. Right now, more than 98 million adolescent girls around the world are not in school. I believe every girl on the planet deserves the same kind of opportunities that I’ve had—a chance to fulfill her potential and pursue her dreams. We know that when we give girls a chance to learn, they’ll seize it. And when they do, our whole world benefits. Girls who go to school have healthier children, higher salaries, lower poverty rates, and they can even help boost their entire nation’s economy. So today on #WorldCharityDay, I want you to share your favorite #BackToSchool photo and to join the @girlsopportunityalliance to take action for global girls’ education. Visit the link in my bio to learn more—because the future of our world is only as bright as our girls.

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CALL TO ACTION

Announcing that the post was in honor of International Day of Charity, Michelle urged followers to share their favorite Back-to-School photos and join the Girls Opportunity Alliance, an initiative of the Obama Foundation.

“The future of our world is only as bright as our girls,” she concluded.

Already, celebrities like Kerry Washington and Jennifer Garner have joined Mrs. Obama’s challenge, sharing hilarious throwback pics alongside the critical message of education for all girls.

OBAMA THROWBACKS

Meanwhile, besides being one of the most-loved White House couples, Michelle and former President Barack Obama seem to have an endless vault of throwback pictures.

For Michelle’s 55th birthday in January, Barack threw us way back to their humble beginnings on the South Side with a pic of the young couple dressed casually and looking happy.

(In the White House) Barack & Michelle Obama read to kids during the White House Easter Egg Roll on March 28, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images

(In the White House) Barack & Michelle Obama read to kids during the White House Easter Egg Roll on March 28, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images

“I knew it way back then, and I’m absolutely convinced of it today — you’re one of a kind,” the “Audacity of Hope” author penned. “Happy Birthday!”

In May 2018, it was Michelle’s turn to entertain fans, and she did just that with an iconic photo from their 1992 wedding coupled with an interesting story.

“You can’t tell it from this photo, but Barack woke up on our wedding day in October 1992 with a nasty head cold,” she shared. “Somehow, by the time I met him at the altar, it had miraculously disappeared, and we ended up dancing almost all night.”

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