It’s all starting to become a little too real. First we had the Obamas’ last holiday address as the first family, and today Michelle Obama delivered her last speech as the First Lady of the United States.
Obama met with high school and college student counselors from around the country to give the closing remarks at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year ceremony, an event she began back in 2015.
“As I end my time in the White House, I can think of no better message to send to our young people in my last official remarks as first lady,” she said. “Know that this country belongs to you—to all of you, from every background and walk of life. If your parents are immigrants, know that you are part of a proud American tradition—the infusion of new cultures, talents, and ideas generation after generation, that has made us the greatest country on Earth.”
Obama stressed the importance of a good education if you want to enact change in the world, using hers and President Barack Obama’s story as an example of what you can achieve if you start with little but dedicate yourself and work hard.
“I want our young people to know they matter, that they belong,” she said. “So don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope, never fear. And know that I will be with you, rooting for you, and working to support you for the rest of my life.”
Watch the FLOTUS’ speech below: