The ex-FLOTUS shared a throwback snap from her Princeton University days on Instagram. The pictures were shared in honour of her new IGTV series about college students and life on campus.
Michelle’s official Instagram account posted the photo, taken in 1983, back when she had recently enrolled at the Ivy League school.
She can be seen rocking denim-on-denim, posing for a picture on the New Jersey campus.
Accompanying the photo, the ex-FLOTUS shared a heartwarming message to her younger self.
She said: “If I could tell the girl in this photo one thing, it would be slow down and take a breath — you’ve got this.”
The rare photo was taken when Michelle was 18 or 19, and shows her in boot cut jeans and a matching denim jacket, collar popped.
Underneath the jacket, a button-down pastel shirt, accompanied by trainers and a necklace.
Michelle was, at the time, majoring in sociology, and minoring in African studies.
She would go on to graduate cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985.
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“You’ve got this, and I cannot wait to see where your journey takes you and everything you learn and achieve along the way.”
The photo was posted to celebrate the primer of Obama’s new series, a collaboration between her own Reach Higher and the media company ATTN, for an IGTV series.
It is called “A Year of Firsts” and follows four students during their freshman year of college.
She said on Instagram: “I have some exciting news to share with you today.
“Reach Higher, my initiative to get students to and through college, is teaming up with ATTN to follow the journeys of four college students from across the country.
“The first episode is live right now.”
In a previous announcement about the series, she said: “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.”
The series is part of Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, and aims to “inspire every student in the US 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.”
The six episodes are set to run through June.
Those being documented include Regan Dunn, Hasseeb – no last name given – Linette Delgado, and Robert Booker, who are from Washington, D.C., North Dakota, California, and Alabama, according to CBS News.
Michelle said: “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.”