It's hard to believe that Malia Obama is all grown up and applying to colleges!
The stylish 17-year-old is a senior at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., meaning that the time has come for her to pick an institution of higher learning to spend the next four years. No pressure, Malia!
According to The New York Times, President Obama's daughter has already toured six of the eight Ivies: Brown, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Columbia (Barack's alma mater), Princeton (mom Michelle Obama's alma mater) and Harvard (where her both her parents went to law school)—as well as Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley on the West Coast. She has also reportedly visited other big-name schools, including New York University, Tufts, Barnard, and Wesleyan.
The President has admitted to having a hard time watching his eldest daughter prepare for college, but that hasn't stopped him from giving her great advice.
"One piece of advice that I've given her is not to stress too much about having to get into one particular college," Obama told a group of students in Des Moines, Iowa, last month. "Just because it's not some name-brand, famous, fancy school doesn't mean that you're not going to get a great education there."
"Be open to new experiences when you go to college," he advises. "Don't go to college just to duplicate the same experience you had in high school."
We'll have to wait until the spring to find out if she chooses to continue a family legacy or to blaze her own trail.