President Barack Obama with his daughter Malia in 2014
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Seems like it was just yesterday that Malia Obama was the precocious, wide-eyed eldest child of Barack and Michelle Obama, standing onstage with them in Chicago's Grant Park in 2008 and waving to the crowd gleefully because her father had just been elected the first African-American president of the United States. 

Now she's college-bound. She's got one more year of high school left, and then it's off to the races. President Obama spoke about that during a Q&A session with students in Iowa, the Associated Press reports. He said that while Malia has "got her own mind," he does give her tips every now and then about the college process. 

The advice?

President Obama told her not to stress out about getting into one particular college. That's a good one because it's definitely a worry that anxious high school seniors tend to have. Obama also told Malia that just because she's a senior in high school doesn't mean it's smooth sailing from here on out. She still has to focus on keeping her grades up, and she shouldn't slack off on that front. 

Great advice, Mr. President. 

Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.


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