First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks On Making The Most Of Opportunities, Resilience & On Higher Learning In Essence Magazine
Our First Lady Michelle Obama has graced the cover of the August 2014 issue of ESSENCE magazine where she explains her passion for higher learning and also shares the life lessons and tools she is passing on to her daughters Maila and Sasha.
She stressed the importance of hardwork and the importance of nurturing our children.
Read the highlights below:
On Working Hard and Believing In Yourself:
“I know I tell my kids all the time that they shouldn’t shy away from difficult things, because that is the point at which you are really growing. It’s not just about grades or test scores. Today our kids may shy away from applying to college if they think they don’t have the right grade or test score. But the truth is that the kids who succeed and go on to be successful professionals are the ones who know how to work hard.”
On Opportunity and what we owe our Ancestors:
“We cannot waste the opportunity that we have here in America, especially as African-Americans. Our ancestors fought and bled and died so that we could go to school. And I still think about that.”
On Preparing Sasha and Malia for the future:
“We talk about responsibility and accountability, about making sure that they’re not wasting the opportunities they’re given. We make sure they know how lucky they are and that, because of that, they have an obligation to have their acts together and to take their education very seriously.”
In this month’s issue, ESSENCE’s has a feature called ‘Education Special” where mom’s are speaking on their children’s education. ESSENCE also salutes six women whose extraordinary work in education reform.