'Black-ish' star Yara Shahidi is heading to Harvard

By Hayley Bradbrook

Yara Shahidi will soon swap Hollywood for the halls of Harvard! The 17-year-old star of TV’s Black-ish has revealed that she has accepted an offer from the Ivy League school.

The actress made the announcement on Instagram by posting a photo of herself wearing a sweater from the Massachusetts institution alongside an inspiring quote by American novelist James Baldwin. "The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated." ~ James Baldwin #CrimsonPride," she captioned the image.

While Yara worked extremely hard on her college applications, she was lucky enough to receive four letters of recommendation from a very special Harvard alum, Michelle Obama. "She is very amazing and such a supporter, which is something very surreal to say," the SAG award nominee told W Magazine in October.

The social studies major isn’t the only famous face that is Massachusetts bound. Malia Obama will begin classes at the prestigious school this fall after deferring for a year. And like the former first daughter, Yara is also considering taking a gap year to concentrate on acting before settling into her studies.


Yara received four letters of recommendation from Michelle Obama

"I know when Malia Obama announced [she was deferring], she got a lot of slack, but I feel like what’s interesting is I know so many people that are deferring. It’s more than to just roam around or just sit down and stare at a wall, but it will also give me an opportunity to work. To have a year to focus on work and to focus on specified interests will be nice before I pick a career and choose what I want to study and my life path," she told People.

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