Yara Shahidi Got Into Every College Where She Applied—and Chose This One
Yara Shahidi has finally decided where she’s going to college, and her university of choice might sound a little familiar. The Black-ish star got into every school where she applied and she ultimately decided to attend Harvard University.
Shahidi announced the news on Instagram with a photo of herself in a Harvard sweatshirt. "'The paradox of education is precisely this—that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated,'" she wrote, quoting James Baldwin and adding "#CrimsonPride."
The actress and activist had some help with her applications from former FLOTUS Michelle Obama, who went to Harvard Law School and wrote Shahidi a college recommendation letter. “She is very amazing and such a supporter, which is something very surreal to say,” she told W Magazine of the First Lady.
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Shahidi may have gotten into her dream school, but she’s not ready to head there just yet. The 17-year-old told People last fall that she plans to defer for at least one year, just like the also Harvard-bound Malia Obama (who is a year older). “I know when Malia Obama announced [she was deferring], she got a lot of slack, but I feel like what’s interesting is I know so many people that are deferring.”
“It’s more than just to roam around or just sit down and stare at a wall, but it will also give me an opportunity to work.”