Barack and Michelle Obama reached a parenting milestone! The former president and first lady of the United States helped their oldest daughter settle into life in her freshman dorm at Harvard University on Monday, August 21. Malia, 19, was allowed to move in a day early during the solar eclipse to create as little distractions as possible. The Obamas, both dressed down and wearing sunglasses, looked visibly emotional as they said goodbye to their firstborn. Barack and Michelle departed in an SUV accompanied by personal protection officers.
VIEW GALLERY Malia is officially a member of Harvard University's class of 2021 Photo: Alo Ceballos/GC Images
Malia, who is officially a member of the prestigious university’s class of 2021, graduated from Washington D.C.'s private Sidwell Friends School in June 2016. The former first daughter opted to take a gap year before starting at the private Cambridge, Massachusetts university, choosing to travel and do an internship during her time off.
Malia joined her mom Michelle, 53, and her younger sister Sasha, 16, on an educational trip to Africa and Spain after graduation, where the Obama women promoted their Let Girls Learn initiative. The college freshman also spent three months in Bolivia and Peru, volunteering with the Colorado-based program Where There Be Dragons and earlier this year, Malia relocated to New York where she interned for mega-producer Harvey Weinstein.
VIEW GALLERY Barack and Michelle Obama moved their daughter into her dorm earlier this week Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Image
In 2015, the dad-of-two admitted that he was “freaked out” about having a daughter preparing to head off to college — though he revealed the sage words of advice he gave Malia. “Be open to new experiences when you go to college,” he said. “Don’t go to college just to duplicate the same experience you had in high school. 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.”