Michelle Obama inspires inner city girls with Oxford trip

Thursday May 26, 2011

Michelle Obama has been reunited with a group of British schoolgirls she first met during a previous visit to the UK in 2009.

On day two of her husband's state visit, 'Mom-in-Chief' Michelle gave an inspirational speech to 37 girls from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school.

They'd been brought to Oxford University at her suggestion. 

The US first lady spoke to the students about her own educational experiences.

She then opened the floor to questions – ranging from bringing up children in the White House to the possibility of a female president – before hugging them all.

Referring to her time at Princeton, Michelle recalled how "well-meaning but misguided people questioned whether someone with my background could succeed at an elite university."

"But after a few months away from home I realised I was just as capable and had just as much to offer as any of my classmates.

"The same things I tell my girls are the things I tell you," she added.

"Don't be afraid to fail, don’t be afraid to take risks, ask questions, ask stupid questions, don’t be afraid to trip, fall and don't be afraid to get back up."

Since visiting EGA two years ago, Michelle has kept in touch with the Islington school, writing letters and encouraging the girls in their studies.

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