Back to school! Former First Daughter Malia Obama officially moved into her student residence at Harvard University earlier this week, according to People. On Monday, Aug. 21, the 19-year-old and her famous parents, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, were spotted walking around the school’s Cambridge, MA campus. Harvard’s first day of fall semester classes is next week on Wednesday, Aug. 30.
Malia graduated from the prestigious, Sidwell Friends high school in Washington, D.C. in June 2016. A month prior, Barack 56, and Michelle, 53, proudly announced their eldest child — they also share daughter Sasha, 16 — would be enrolling at Harvard after taking a gap year.
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At the time, it was unclear what Malia would be doing during her gap year. Harvard reportedly encourages future students to travel and work on other projects before beginning their college education. According to the Ivy League university’s website, “each year, between 80 and 110 students defer their matriculation to Harvard” to take a gap year between high school and college.
In January, it was revealed that Malia had landed a coveted internship with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in NYC. The teen reportedly started working for Harvey — whose film credits include Shakespeare in Love, Gangs of New York, Pulp Fiction, and My Week with Marilyn — at the Weinstein Company’s Big Apple offices one month later.
Malia’s Weinstein Company internship interestingly wasn’t her first foray into working in showbiz. In 2015, she had a summer job on Lena Dunham’s hit HBO series Girls in NYC. She also formerly served as a production assistant on Halle Berry’s CBS show Extant — which was executive produced by Steven Spielberg — and reportedly had an internship for an undisclosed fashion house in the past.
In a previous interview, Malia’s dad, Barack, candidly revealed he and his wife, Michelle — who graduated from Harvard Law School back in 1988! — were “freaked out” about their firstborn going off to college. “It makes no sense. Michelle and I are way too young to have daughters who are both almost in college now. So as a parent, [I’m] a little freaked out,” he said. So cute!
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