- Gary Cameron/Reuters
Malia Obama is only through the first month of her senior year of high school, but there is already rampant speculation over her college choice.
So far, she has toured six of the eight Ivy League Schools – Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale – as well as Barnard, the University of California at Berkeley, New York University, Stanford, Tufts, and Wesleyan, according to The New York Times.
The 17-year-old high-school senior has yet to say if she has any favorites among the colleges she has toured, so the following is a bit of informed conjecture.
This summer, she had an internship in New York City on the set of HBO’s “Girls” and proved herself to fit right into the scene, according to the New York Post.
She was spotted all over New York during her internship, including at the West Village’s IFC Center and dining at a number of upscale restaurants with friends.
That has provided ample tabloid fodder for the premise that Obama will be sure to attend a New York City-based college. One popular theory is that she will end up at NYU, based on the fact that the president said she is interested in majoring in film studies. NYU‘s Tisch School of the Arts is known to be one of the top film schools in the US.
Another assumption is that she will choose a different elite New York City school and the president’s alma mater: Columbia University.
Our money, however, is on Stanford University.
We think the university will win out because of the president’s fondness for the school.
“Let’s face it, I like Stanford grads,” US President Barack Obama said at a cybersecurity summit in Palo Alto, California in March. He added that Stanford “is the place that made nerd cool.”
Stanford would also be a great place for Malia Obama, who is known to be athletic and is an avid tennis player, to hone her game.
But the primary source that has led us to conclude that Obama will choose Stanford is none other than the first daughter’s sartorial choices. She was spotted wearing a Stanford shirt during summer 2014, when she was on a family vacation.
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