Barack Obama’s daughter Malia will take a year off after high school and attend Harvard University in 2017, the White House announced on Sunday.
Harvard encourages new admissions to take a “gap year” before or during their undergraduate years, so that the students can pursue work experiences outside of school.
For the school’s most famous new freshman, the year off could mean less attention when she does start classes in 2017, and time to build her resume.
First lady Michelle Obama has said that Malia hopes to become a film-maker, and that she worked last summer in New York as an intern on the set of the HBO show Girls.
She spent the previous summer as a production assistant for CBS, and held previous internships at the National Zoo in Washington.
Harvard accepted 5.2% of applicants this year, the lowest acceptance rate in its history.
Obama has said he intends to stay in Washington after he leaves the White House until his youngest daughter, Sasha, graduates from high school in 2019.
Even so, the first family has remained quiet about their plans after inauguration day on 20 January 2017, when someone else takes to the Oval Office.
“We haven’t figured that out yet,” he told voters in Wisconsin earlier this year. “We’re going to have to stay a couple of years so Sasha can finish.”
Though usually extremely private, the president opened up to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres about his close relationship with his daughter. “I’m not ready for her to leave,”he said.
“She’s one of my best friends. It’s going to be hard for me not to have her around all the time, but she’s ready to go. She’s just a really smart, capable person and she’s ready to make her own way.”