Obama tells daughter to be open to new experiences at college
September 15, 2015  11:31
US President Barack Obama has advised her daughter Malia to be open to new experiences when she goes to college and ensure that she gets a good grade.

"The advice... is to be open to new experiences when you go to college. Don't go to college just to duplicate the same experience you had in high school," Obama said yesterday at a Town Hall on college access and affordability at Des Moines, Iowa.

"Don't make your decision based on, well, where are all my friends going so that I can do the exact same things with the exact same friends that I did in high school," Obama said.

"The whole point is for you to push yourself out of your comfort level, meet people you haven't met before, take classes that you hadn't thought of before. Stretch yourself. Because this is the time to do it, when you're young. Seek out new experiences," he added. 

He was responding to a question on what advice he would give to his daughter Malia, 17, when she goes to her college. "My best advice to Malia. Now, this is assuming that Malia would listen to my advice. She's very much like her mother at this point. She's got her own mind," he said.
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