President Barack Obama and First Daughter Malia Obama. (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)
First daughter Malia Obama has reportedly narrowed her college choices to two New York schools.
According to New York’s WNBC-TV, the 17-year-old has whittled down her list of prospective schools to Barnard College and New York University. The list supposedly also named Wesleyan, Yale, Tufts, Brown and Stanford universities, as well as the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California at Berkeley as frontrunners.
Like thousands of other American families, the Obamas have been pondering over the next steps for their eldest daughter, who has sent out applications, taken standardized tests and even visited more than a dozen campuses in preparation for college.
“I have a senior who is in this process of figuring out what to do with the rest of her life,” Mrs. Obama told students gathered at the Howard County Community College, Sept. 17. “We are talking about this in my household every night, every night. And there’s really no magic formula. I mean, it is a very individual decision.”
Malia Obama’s choice is likely guided by her interest in filmmaking. The teen did a summer internship on the New York City set of HBO’s comedy-drama “Girls,” which stars Lena Denham. She also gained experience as a production assistant on “Extant,” a CBS sci-fi drama featuring Halle Berry.
That interest seemingly would make NYU the top choice, as its venerated Tisch School of the Arts has churned out filmmaking giants such as directors Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee.
Ultimately, though, going off to college may be easier for Malia than it is for her parents to send her away. Speaking at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich., in September, President Obama recalled sitting in Malia’s bedroom on the day she started her senior year of high school and her noting that it could be the last time he’d ever see her off on a “first day of school.”
“And I started – I had to look away. I didn’t want to just be such a crybaby,” the president said, drawing laughter from the crowd. “It makes no sense. Michelle and I are way too young to have daughters who are both almost in college now. So as a parent, I was a little freaked out.”