In high school, Michelle Obama participated in the student government and served as the student council treasurer. During her young years, Michelle practiced piano so avidly her parents were forced to limit her practice time.Continue Reading
Michelle graduated from high school with the second best GPA in her class. Although she didn't play competitive team sports, Michelle was always an outstanding athlete. Michelle overcame tragedy during her 20s when her father died from multiple sclerosis. The First Lady turned down Barack the first time he asked her out on a date. Michelle's father always said you could learn much about a person's character on the basketball court. Before accepting Barack's offer to date, Michelle arranged for Barack to play basketball with her brother.
During Barack's presidential campaign, Michelle penned her own stump speech and delivered the speech without any notes. Appearing alone on the campaign trail, the soon-to-be First Lady routinely drew crowds of more than 1,000. As an administrator at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Michelle supervised as the facility experienced a 500 percent increase in volunteering.
Michelle is one of only three First Ladies who earned master's degrees, alongside her predecessors Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush. Michelle majored in sociology while attending Princeton. She earned her law degree at Harvard.Learn more about US History