"Stand out:" Former First Lady Michelle Obama surprises 14 high school juniors in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Former First Lady Michelle Obama surprised 14 high school juniors at the Milwaukee Collegiate Academy on Thursday.
She is in Milwaukee for her "Becoming" book tour at the Miller High Life Theatre.
SURPRISE: Mrs. Obama and Conan O’Brien surprised a group of juniors at Milwaukee Collegiate Academy. It’s hosted by Reach Higher, an initiative to inspire students to seek education past high school. Mrs. Obama is in town for her “Becoming” book tour. @CBS58pic.twitter.com/NYmnVVEWMt— Jacquelyn Abad (@JacquelynAbadTV) March 14, 2019
"I write about my journey where I was at, at your age, the struggles the fears," said Mrs. Obama, a Princeton and Harvard graduate.
The students were from around the Milwaukee area and they had no idea she'd be stopping by.
This event is hosted by Reach Higher, an initiative launched by Mrs. Obama in 2014 to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school.
“Universities want a curious, diverse population and they should because all great ideas don’t come from people who can take a test," said Mrs. Obama.
She was also accompanied by Comedian Conan O'Brien, who also shared his experiences.
"I think there are a lot of things I can relate to with Mrs. Obama. I was a very hard worker, I felt like I was creative but I didn't have those scores," said O'Brien.
Mrs. Obama reminded students that admissions offices look at the whole student including their leadership roles, community service, extracurricular activities, etc.
“Your personal statements are powerful. It is your opportunity to tell the admissions committee why you are special and this is where owning who you are will make you stand out," said Mrs. Obama.
Her next stop on her book tour is in Cleveland, Ohio.