Michelle Obama's Advice For College Students Came With The Perfect Throwback Photo

"This is me at Princeton in the early 1980s."

First Lady Michelle Obama decided to share some throwback photos from her upcoming memoir Becoming with her Instagram followers. One of those photos, from her days as an undergraduate at Princeton University, comes at the perfect time for young people entering college — especially those who are the first in their family to attend.

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"This is me at Princeton in the early 1980s," she wrote to caption the photo, adding, "I know that being a first-generation college student can be scary, because it was scary for me. I was black and from a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, while Princeton's student body was generally white and well-to-do. I'd never stood out in a crowd or a classroom because of the color of my skin before."

"But I found close friends and a mentor who gave me the confidence to be myself," she continued. "Going to college is hard work, but every day I meet people whose lives have been profoundly changed by education, just as mine was. My advice to students is to be brave and stay with it. Congratulations to the Class of 2018!"

She included the hashtag #ReachHigher, a reference to her initiative to inspire students to pursue higher education — with the hope of reaching President Obama's "North Star" goal for America to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. 

The former first lady has also hosted College Signing Day events over the past several years. In 2017, she advised students to "go get some help" when they need it, adding, "Don't sit in your room alone. Do not stew or stir. Go out and build your base of support."

Obama also shared an old photo of herself with her parents, Fraser and Marian Robinson. "Together, in our cramped apartment on the South Side of Chicago, my family helped me see the value in our story, in my story, and in the larger story of our country," she wrote.

It's this story she'll be sharing in Becoming, her first memoir, which is due to be released November 13. "I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be. I can't wait to share my story," she wrote when the book was announced.

While you wait for more throwback photos, you can also reminisce about Obama's time as first lady with the recent photo book Chasing Light, by former White House photographer Amanda Lucidon.

(H/T: Huffington Post)

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