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Michelle Obama's New Project Involves College Freshmen

Her new show will follow individuals' stories
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2020 1:40 PM CST
Former US first lady Michelle Obama listens to female students at Can Giuoc high school in Long An province, Vietnam, on Dec. 9, 2019.   (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

(Newser) – Michelle Obama is collaborating with college students for a new show on IGTV, Instagram's app for longform videos. Media company ATTN: is producing the six-episode series, A Year of Firsts, which will follow four first-year college students from across the country. "Each of them has overcome tremendous odds to get where they are," Obama says in a preview shared Tuesday. "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," she adds, per the Hill.

The series, which will begin airing later this month and run until the end of June, is a part of Obama's Reach Higher Initiative, which encourages students to pursue post-secondary eduction. "We're thrilled to be partnering with Mrs. Obama and Reach Higher to engage and inspire students to invest in themselves," ATTN: co-founder Matthew Segal says, per the Hollywood Reporter. The company previously worked with Joe Biden on a 10-episode series on IGTV called Here's the Deal, which tackled various issues of importance to young Americans ahead of the 2018 midterms, per Deadline. (Check out the 2020 college rankings here.)

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