Michelle Obama Teams Up With Spotify to Help Students Prepare for College

Chuck Kennedy
Chuck Kennedy

Former first lady Michelle Obama showed that her investment in the future of young people in our country is a real commitment by attending the Beating the Odds Summit at Washington, D.C.’s Dunbar High School on Thursday.

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Obama, as well as executives from Spotify—including Troy Carter, vice president of creator services, and Danielle Lee, VP of partner solutions—shared their experiences of overcoming obstacles, and the lessons they have learned during their personal and professional journeys, with 35 high school students at a daylong event meant to inspire the college-bound students to consider majors or careers in the tech industry. Reach Higher at Civic Nation also participated in the event.

The day included college transition workshops, a panel during which Spotify execs discussed the important role that music plays in culture and communities, as well as a performance by R&B artist Kevin Ross.

Check out more pictures from the event below.

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DISCUSSION

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College is an investment, and like most investments there are significant risks. Taking $40,000 in loans to get a degree in a field with an average starting salary of $30k is a recipe for long term disaster, nor is college right for everyone.

The best advice I can give to young people or parents of young people is to start in community college and after you’ve figured out college is right for you, transfer to a four year university and finish your degree. You can save yourself $10k-$20k and get the exact same degree.

Failure rates for students in their freshmen and sophomore years are double or triple those for juniors and seniors. That effect is even more pronounced for male black and Latino students because of the fact they’re far more likely to come from poor school systems that didn’t properly prepare them. Community college will make sure you’re up to speed at a fraction of cost.

Additionally, there are several schools that offer what’s called ‘loan free financial aid.’ Typically these are very competitive schools (including all Ivy league schools) and if you can get into one you should give them priority:

http://mycollegeguide.org/blog/2010/04/colleges-income-students-free-tuition-loans-full-rides/

Source: I work in a minority serving public university and I see the numbers every day.