Obama has said that he is having a hard time preparing his eldest daughter, Malia, for college next year. While sending her off to her first day of senior year of high school Obama said that he was “a little freaked out” during a speech he gave at Macomb County Community College last Wednesday.
However, Obama let students in on some advice he has given Malia about going to college at a town hall on College Access and Affordability in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday.
“Be open to new experiences when you go to college,” Obama said. “Don’t go to college just to duplicate the same experience you had in high school. Don’t make your decision based on, well, where are all my friends going so that I can do the exact same things with the exact same friends that I did in high school.”
Another piece of advice he gave is to not stress so much about getting into one particular college. Just because a school isn’t famous does not mean that they won’t provide a good education to their students, according to Obama.
“There are a lot of good colleges and universities out there, and it’s important, I think, for everybody here to understand you can find a college or university that gives you a great education,” said Obama.