Michelle Obama Launches Instagram TV Series ‘A Year of Firsts’ to Help College Students

January 9, 2020

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Our forever former First Lady Michelle Obama is launching a new show with digital ATTN on the series that highlights first-generation freshman college and their daily struggles. Titled ‘A Year of Firsts,’ the trailer premiered on her Instagram and the first episode is set to stream later on in the month.

“As a first-generation college student myself, I know how intimidating it can be to take that leap and pursue your educational dreams,” Obama said in a statement. “That’s why I’m so proud of these students. By sharing their stories, they’re helping others see that the ups and downs of the first year of college are something everyone goes through — and they’re creating a supportive community for others facing similar challenges.”


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The first year of college is exciting, but also a little nerve-racking. As a first-generation college student myself, I know how intimidating it can be to try to navigate through a new place and make new friends, all while trying to figure out who you are and who you want to be. That’s why I’m so excited that @reachhigher is teaming up with @attndotcom to share the stories of four first-year college students: Robert, Linette, Regan, and Haseeb. Can’t wait for you all to meet them and learn more about what taking that leap really feels like, day in and day out. Stay tuned!

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ATTN: co-founder Matthew Segal released a statement:

“As Mrs. Obama highlights in each episode, there are many hidden challenges to making it through college. This series will meet many students where they live — on Instagram — and share candid perspectives about how to overcome barriers.”


 “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Mrs. Obama and Reach Higher to engage and inspire students to invest in themselves.”

‘A Year of Firsts’ will run into mid-June.