Michelle Obama pushes education through initiative

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama is telling first-generation college freshmen to surround themselves with a community to help them survive college.

Mrs. Obama was the first in her family to attend college. She says: “Finding a cohort for yourself and starting to build your community is going to be important. College wasn’t meant to do alone.”

She was speaking at the fifth annual Beating the Odds summit. Reach Higher, an education initiative launched by Mrs. Obama during her husband’s presidency, partnered with Twitter and Handshake, a college-to-career network, for the daylong workshop.

Mrs. Obama, 54, who attended Princeton University, remembers how odd she felt her first time on the campus. She says, “It was like a whole new language.”

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