In A Tweet, Malala Yousafzai Succinctly Captured Just How Far She's Come

Malala Yousafzai marked an important milestone at Oxford with a simple, yet impactful tweet.

Malala Yousafzai attended her first lecture at Oxford today, October 9, and she's keenly aware this is a momentous occasion for her despite the fact that she is one of the most impressive college students in the world. Just 20 years old. Yousafzai has won a Nobel Peace Prize and a Sakharov Prize, has written a best-selling book, and has completed numerous other impressive achievements people three times her age would envy, but education remains what matters most. 

Prior to attending her first lecture, Yousafzai shared a simple but impactful message with her 938,000+ Twitter followers that illustrates how far she's come, and gives others hope they can do the same. Alongside a photo of her computer and various books Yousafzai wrote, "5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls' education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford."

In under 140 characters, Yousafzai managed to bring everything full circle.


As a young girl living in Pakistan, Yousafzai established herself as an advocate for female education, which instantaneously made her a high-profile target of the Taliban. In 2009, then-14-year-old Yousafzai was nearly killed when she was shot in the head and neck on the way home from school. 

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, but Yousafzai was never deterred. Since then she has continued to advocate for female education worldwide, also broadening her fight to include refugee children. In addition, she has become a check of sorts for various world leaders — encouraging them to step up or change course when people's lives are at risk.

Still, as this tweet proves, Yousafzai's desire to learn (and provide other girls with that same opportunity) is what ultimately continues to drive her. Just last month, for example, Yousafzai was a fixture at the United Nations General Assembly, where she spoke with various world leaders about girls' education across the globe.

While it's Yousafzai's turn to be a student now, she's made it abundantly clear she will continue to fight for other girls around the world to have the same educational opportunities she's worked so hard for.

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