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higher-educationFirst Lady Michelle Obama was in San Antonio over the weekend to challenge incoming college freshman to commit themselves to their higher education.

2,100 college students from nearly 40 area high schools took part in “College Signing Day” which is Mayor Julian Castro’s long term initiative to increase local high school graduation rates and the number of residents that obtain collegiate degrees.

First Lady Obama further addressed the challenges facing students pursuing college and reminiscing of her days at Princeton, stating

I learned that the same things that got me through high school would get me through Princeton and law school. Those moments when you feel anxious, or insecure, those are the moments when you shape into who you want to be.

 

The event, which emulated a pep rally type atmosphere conducted so with the hopes of showing the nations’ youth that academic achievements are just as worth of celebrating as any other accomplishment.

As she continued to speak, she reiterated the importance of staying on track.

I also want to talk to you about another big day that is on the horizon for you and that is the day you graduate from college […] Reaching a milestone like this means you’ve just raised the bar for yourself […] Just getting into college isn’t the ultimate goal. You have got to stay focused once you get there and you’ve got to get that degree or that certificate.

Education secretary Arne Duncan urges schools around the country to take note.

It’s good to see such a strong emphasis placed on grooming the youth of America to become outstanding individuals and productive contributors to society. I trust that most of our readers appreciate the opportunities they have been granted and the value that comes with higher education.
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