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Sasha, Malia, Michelle Obama in London

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The saying “mom knows best” is true majority of the time, and Michelle Obama hit the nail on the head with the college advice she has given to her daughters.  In an interview that appears in the May issue of Seventeen magazine, the First Lady reveals that her simple advice is,  “What’s going to work for you?”  The interviewed was conducted by two readers of Seventeen, and they asked her some pretty great questions about planning their futures.

Obama states, “The one thing I’ve been telling my daughters is that I don’t want them to choose a name,” She continues, “I don’t want them to think, ‘Oh I should go to these top schools.’  We live in a country where there are thousands of amazing universities.  So, the question is: What’s going to work for you?”

The First Lady also gave some pretty solid advice that we all can relate to when it comes to choosing your career path.  Obama stated, “I always tell people, the question of what you want to be when you grow up is one that you will eternally be answering.  I’m still asking myself that question!”  (Aren’t we all?)  Obama continued, “What am I going to do when I leave here?  How do I want to impact the world?  I’ve gotten used to the fact that I don’t have to know.  I’m always going to be discovering new parts of myself, and you’ll find that you will be too.”

Surely 17-year-old Malia, and 14-year-old Sasha have found their mother’s advice quite helpful.  You can read more on the interview here, as well as the May issue of Seventeen.