Former first lady Michelle Obama has a simple message for students as they embark on another year of their educational careers: “We need you”

In a recent video released by Better Make Room, a campaign stemming from her own Reach Higher Initiative and named after the idea that “You’re about to arrive – and the world better make room,” Mrs. Obama delivers some encouraging words to students as they head back to school.

We need you out there fighting injustices, curing diseases, building businesses and leading communities, and preparing the next generation of kids for the challenges they’ll face.

According to the campaign’s website, the initiative is an “effort to inspire every student in the U.S. to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.”

Beyond offering the inspirational message, the former first lady encourages students to head to the Better Make Room website and complete an “I Will” statement, declaring goals and steps they will take in the future to reach higher.

The harder you work in your classes this year, the more opportunities you’ll have to go to college, get the education you need to be who you want to be and live the life you want to live. 

Watch Mrs. Obama’s full back-to-school message below:








Josh Stewart considers himself a global citizen first and foremost and is passionate about cultural exchange. He has a B.s. in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from St. John's University in Minnesota and experience as both an ESL and social studies teacher in Korea and the Philippines. He currently works a digital content Manager for Citizen Education and Education Post and enjoys both traditional and creative methods crafting messages around the desperate need to improve our education system and provide quality options to the most marginalized students and families.


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