Malia Obama Is Going to Harvard — but First, She's Taking a Gap Year

By Chelsea Stone

Brace yourselves, America: Malia Obama is officially going to college. The White House recently announced that President Barack Obama's oldest daughter will attend Harvard University. But — plot twist — Malia won't start her college career until fall 2017. She has decided to take a gap year between high school and college, electing to wait until her father is out of office before heading to Cambridge, Mass., to start school.

"The President and Mrs. Obama announced today that their daughter Malia will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017 as a member of the Class of 2021. Malia will take a gap year before beginning school," the White House said in a statement. After much speculation (and many college tours with mom/First Lady Michelle Obama), we can't say we're surprised that Malia has chosen to attend such a prestigious university. Plus, she's following in the footsteps of her parents, who both attended Harvard Law School.

No word yet on what Malia plans to study, but she did reportedly work as a production assistant on CBS's "Extant," an upcoming series with Halle Berry. Perhaps a career in the entertainment industry is in her future?

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