If you want Michelle Obama to approve of your summer plans, you need to make sure they’re “strategic.” That was the key word used when the first lady of the United States sat down with Terrence Jenkins to promote the National Summer Learning Day Fair, co-hosted by the U.S Department of Education and National Summer Learning Association.
And during their conversation, FLOTUS revealed what advice she’d give her younger self. “I would have been more strategic. Because the thing is, getting into college nowadays is harder than ever before. I don’t remember having to think about all these things,” she told us. “But there are so many kids who don’t know that they need to be thinking about internships and making money and developing skills with financial literacy. I wish I had known more about these things.” Obama is urging young students to use their summers wisely, by cutting back on the video games and partying and instead using the extra to time to get ahead by interning.
“I wasn’t this sophisticated when I was their age. I worked because I had to work, so I did the basic things like babysitting, I worked at a bindery once, I was the typist. “But I did that because I had to make money and that’s one of the reasons why events like these are so important, because we want all kids to know that they need to think strategically about how they’re spending their summers. Especially if they want to go to college,” she said. “Being able to emphasize to parents and kids around the country that summers are a time to get ahead and finding great internship opportunities are one of the best ways to spend the summer.”