Malia Obama will attend Harvard, beginning in the fall of 2017, according to the president and first lady, who made a formal announcement on their eldest daughter’s plans on Sunday.
Malia, who will graduate from high school in June, will take a year off before entering as a member of the class of 2021. The Obamas did not release any details about Malia’s plans during her “gap” year.
Whether she follows in her parents’ footsteps and studies law is up for speculation, but her parents’ legal careers will likely loom large over her decision.
The President entered Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988 and was elected as the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review in 1990. Obama graduated from Harvard in 1991. First Lady Michelle Obama earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988.
Malia carved out a different path for herself in high school, one far away from the harsh glare of politics and the power brokers in Washington.
Last summer, she landed a major internship while attending the private Sidwell Friends High School in Washington, working with Lena Dunham on the set of HBO’s hit series “Girls.”
In 2014, she reportedly worked as a production assistant on Halle Berry’s CBS show “Extant.”