Malia Obama made her official debut at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Tuesday — but rather than a presidential affair, she and her parents Michelle and Barack kept the entire event low-key and downright normal.
Sure, fans and paparazzi were on hand to watch the former first family and president move their eldest child into college. But from the photos, the Obamas easily blended in with the Harvard freshman class (and their parents) as they hauled boxes into Malia’s new dorm.
Barack, clad in his now-famous dad jeans, and Michelle (looking chic as ever in a creme-colored ensemble), covered their eyes with sunglasses to hide what we can only imagine was a flood of parental tears as they shipped their child off to adulthood.
Pictures snapped by classmates showed that Malia has no trouble making friends. She was seen chatting with a group outside her dorm, and later walking to an orientation event with her new pals.
While Malia will undoubtedly need to put in long hours in the Harvard library studying for her classes, she does have a bit of a head start on her classmates. As Essence noted, Malia is starting college with two rather high-profile internships on her resume, including her 2015 internship with Lena Dunham on the HBO series “Girls,” and her more recent internship with mega producer Harvey Weinstein.
Still, Malia appears to want a regular-old Ivy League college experience, and at Harvard that means sipping coffee at Crema Cafe, grabbing a late-night slice at Otto Pizza (it’s not Chicago deep dish but it will do), and maybe even sneaking into the bar at Charlie’s Kitchen in Harvard Square.
She’ll just have to sneak away from her secret service detail first.