WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 23: (L-R) E! News co anchor Terrence Jenkins, first lady Michelle Obama, student Manuel Contreras, musical artist Wale, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan participate in a discussion on higher education during an event in the East Room of the White House July 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. The first lady hosted the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit to recognize youths who have overcome substantial obstacles to persist through high school and make it to college, as part of the "Reach Higher" initiative. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 23:  (L-R) E! News co anchor Terrence Jenkins, first lady Michelle Obama, student Manuel Contreras, musical artist Wale, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan participate in a discussion on higher education during an event in the East Room of the White House July 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. The first lady hosted the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit to recognize youths who have overcome substantial obstacles to persist through high school and make it to college, as part of the "Reach Higher" initiative.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 23: (L-R) E! News co anchor Terrence Jenkins, first lady Michelle Obama, student Manuel Contreras, musical artist Wale, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan participate in a discussion on higher education during an event in the East Room of the White House July 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. The first lady hosted the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit to recognize youths who have overcome substantial obstacles to persist through high school and make it to college, as part of the “Reach Higher” initiative. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

As reported by Billboard.com, First Lady Michelle Obama has teamed up with rapper Wale to help college-bound teens overcome obstacles and succeed in college.

More than 130 students were at the White House on Thursday July 23, 2015 for a “Beating the Odds” Summit focused on making a smooth transition to college.

The Grammy-nominated Wale told the students he didn’t take college seriously at first and hoped he’d end up in the NFL.

Wale said he landed on academic probation at first, but college eventually taught him to be self-made and “take the training wheels off” in life.

Mrs. Obama told the students her goal is “to make education cool again.”

The first lady and Wale were part of a panel discussion moderated by E! News co-anchor Terrence Jenkins.

The rapper performed for the students later Thursday. But before that President Obama surprised the students.

You can watch the entire event here:
 

 
This post was adapted from Billboard.com
 
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