By Olivia Bahou
Mar 13, 2017 @ 10:30 am

Your English teacher’s glowing college recommendation letter is nothing compared to the one Yara Shahidi sent out with her applications. The Black-ish star sent out her college applications with a letter of recommendation from none other than the former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Shahidi casually dropped the news in an interview with W, saying that Obama also gave her a “go get ‘em tiger” back-rub before her AP exams. “She is very amazing and such a supporter, which is something very surreal to say,” she said.

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The two met when they appeared together on a panel about girls’ education for International Day of the Girl, and seem to be kindred spirits. The actress and activist, like Michelle’s daughter Malia Obama, plans to take a gap year before going to college to double-major in African American studies and sociology.


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Her applications have been sent, so now we’ll just have to wait and see the effect that an endorsement from the former FLOTUS can have on your college apps.

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Something tells us she’ll get in to her dream school.