Michelle Obama will be launching the first series on Instagram’s IGTV platform. According to Variety, the series will be focused on inspiring young people to prepare for college by following the experiences of four college freshmen.
The former First Lady partnered up with digital-news outlet ATTN: for the series, which is titled “A Year of Firsts.”
Obama said in a statement, “As a first-generation college student myself, I know how intimidating it can be to take that leap and pursue your educational dreams. That’s why I’m so proud of these students. By sharing their stories, they’re helping others see that the ups and downs of the first year of college are something everyone goes through — and they’re creating a supportive community for others facing similar challenges.”
The six-episode series is set to premiere this month and will run until June.
Obama also spoke of the upcoming series on Instagram. “The first year of college is exciting, but also a little nerve-racking,” she said. “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. That’s why I’m so excited that @reachhigher is teaming up with @attndotcom to share the stories of four first-year college students: Robert, Linette, Regan, and Haseeb. 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.”
She added, “Stay tuned!”
ATTN: co-founder Matthew Segal released a statement as well. “As Mrs. Obama highlights in each episode, there are many hidden challenges to making it through college,” he said. “This series will meet many students where they live — on Instagram — and share candid perspectives about how to overcome barriers.”