*A bit of help is nothing to ignore, according to First Lady Michelle Obama.
The Princeton University graduate was on hand for her third annual College Signing Day at the Harlem Armory in Harlem on Tuesday when she recalled her experience as a student in college and the mistakes she made during her freshman year.
Although she’s become a certified success with her status as first lady, the New York Daily News notes that Obama was quick to tell the crowd of 4,000 students not to make the same mistakes she did during freshmen year.
“I didn’t want to hear my voice in class. I don’t want you to be that,” Obama said. “Ask for help ya’ll. No one gets through college alone. And you’re not supposed to.”
“I’m no different from you all,” she continued while speaking to the cheering crowd. “My parents didn’t have money. I went to a public school. I know that if I can do it, you can do it too,” she told the cheering crowd.
Obama’s appearance at the College Signing Day was among a string of highlights that took place at the MTV co-sponsored event. Celebrities appearing at the signing day include Robert De Niro, Melissa McCarthy and “Girls” star Allison Williams as well as former and current New York Knicks players Allan Houston and Carmelo Anthony.
Obama’s advice proved to be a hit among the students in the audience as it struck a chord for those with plans to pursue a higher education.
“I liked that she encouraged us to ask for help. I think that’s going to be difficult in college,” Harlem Village Academy junior Donovan Yeboah, 16, who has his eye on Cornell, told the Daily News. “You don’t want to look dumb.”