Why I'm wearing my college t-shirt today...


Hi, everyone,

There's not much that makes me happier than seeing young people excited about college.

But just getting into college isn't enough in today's world. Students have to finish their education past high school to get the training and the skills they need to compete in our global economy.

That's why, for the past few months, I've been speaking with young people all across the country about committing to their education beyond high school.

And today, I'm proud to announce that I'm giving that initiative a name and an aspiration.

It's called the Reach Higher Initiative -- an effort to inspire more young people to take control of their future through higher education.

And I want you to help encourage them by sharing your own school pride.

Today, take a photo wearing your school shirts or colors, and share it on Instagram, Facebook, Vine, or Twitter with the hashtag #ReachHigher.

Sharing your school spirit will help young people across the country set a high bar for themselves -- and help them realize that finishing college is something they can achieve, too.

That's what the Reach Higher Initiative is all about: encouraging every student in America to believe in themselves and complete their education past high school -- whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.

That's why we're focusing on things like financial aid, summer learning opportunities, college visits, and supporting school counselors -- so more students can get into college and go all the way.

Let's inspire our students to take charge of their future, and do everything we can to help them on their journey.

Thank you,

First Lady Michelle Obama


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