Former US First Lady Michelle Obama during a book tour for her memoir, Becoming, at the London O2 … [+]
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Former First Lady Michelle Obama announced the launch of her new series, A Year of Firsts, which will stream on IGTV (Instagram’s app for longform videos) and focus on the lives of four college freshmen from all over the United States.
“As a first-generation college student myself, I know how intimidating it can be to take that leap and pursue your educational dreams,” said Obama in an official statement. “That’s why I’m so proud of these students. 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.”
Those ups and downs include financial issues, discussions about physical and mental health and, of course, tales of academic stress and relationships.
The production is part of Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, which encourages the pursuit of higher education and has been at the forefront of her agenda since her days in the White House.
Here is what else we know about the series: it will feature six episodes, debut in mid-January and end in June, and it has been produced in partnership with media company ATTN:, which also worked with former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Here’s the Deal, a 10-episode series that aired on IGTV ahead of the 2018 midterms.
This isn’t Obama’s first post-presidency project. Last year, her highly anticipated memoir, Becoming, hit the stands. She also secured a production deal with Netflix alongside her husband, former President Barack Obama. The first feature to result from that deal—American Factory, a documentary focusing on a Chinese-owned factory in Ohio—was released in August.