First Lady Michelle Obama smiled warmly as the girls from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school, in north London, asked questions about her insecurities, how she knew her husband was “The One”, and how she’s making the world a better place. It has been a busy week of dinners and meetings but, Mrs. Obama still had plenty of energy for the trip to Oxford University, where the teenagers had spent the day trying the place on for size.

She told the young ladies:

“I felt a strong sense of connection with all of you. In your stories, I saw so much of my own story,” the first lady told the pupils earnestly, having kept in touch with the school since their first meeting in 2009.

“I knew that the next time I came to the UK, I wanted to visit with all of you again in a place like this: a renowned university that has trained so many of the world’s brightest minds and greatest leaders.

“All of us believe that you belong here – that this is a place for you as well. We passionately believe that you have the talent, the drive, the experience to succeed here in Oxford and in universities just like it across the country and across the world.”

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