Michelle Obama: A woman who never settled


Shrenya Soni

Psychology Associate

Michelle Robinson Obama is an American lawyer, university administrator, writer and the first African-American First Lady of the United States of America from 2009 to 2017.

She was born in an African American family in the year 1964 in the south side of Chicago. Her father was a city water plant employee and her mother was a homemaker. She lead a normal life with enough resources to sustain herself, but she did not settle for the ordinary. She chose to make it big.

As a child, she was very determined. As a five-year-old Michelle got one wrong answer in a kindergarten colour quiz, and she got very obsessed about it. She was unable to sleep as she mentions in her bestselling book, Becoming, that ‘The embarrassment felt like a weight, like something I’d never shake off’. The next morning she requested her teacher for a redo and aced the quiz!

As a teenager, she dreamt of getting into a renowned Ivy League college, the Princeton University. She was told by her guidance counsellor that she wasn’t ‘Princeton material’ but this comment did not succeed in demotivating her, instead she made the comment a fuel to her blazing success that she accomplished. She graduated in the top 10% of her class in high school, and worked hard for recommendation letters, wrote top-notch admission essays and she found her way to her dream college. After this, she also got into the Harvard Law School which earned her a license to practice law.

She never let anything divert her from achieving her aims and goals. From her early childhood and youth, she has been a very focused individual who believed in her dreams.

She met Barack Obama when she was assigned to mentor him while he was a summer associate at her law firm. They got married in 1992 and have been a ‘Power Couple’ since then. She never stepped away from taking care of her family and maintaining a work-life balance while her husband ran for President. She stood by his side all throughout, being his equal half, standing strong.

As the First Lady of the US, she stood up for many issues to bring about change in the country. She reinvented one of the most iconic lawns in the world, planting a vast selection of fruit and vegetables – a symbolic launchpad for her fight against childhood obesity and advocacy for a healthier America. The garden for her was a way to offer a parallel message about healthy living. ‘The garden was simple, prosperous and healthy – a symbol of diligence and faith. It was beautiful whilst also being powerful.’

She stood up for LGBTQ rights in her country and never shied away from breaking rules. In 2015, the Supreme Court of the US issued the decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all the fifty states. As Michelle looked out of her window at the White House that evening, she saw a huge crowd gathered outside to see the famous White House illuminated in the colours of the pride flag. She says that, ‘I found myself suddenly desperate to join the celebration,’ she remembers, and after grabbing her eldest daughter Malia, she made a break for it, ignoring the protocol to check in with Secret Service agents and speedily running outside to the lawn. In their own private corner, mother and daughter gazed up at the world’s most famous residence – their home – lit up in pride colours, just as everyone else was seeing it.

She is a woman, who is proud of her ethnicity, her identity and stands firmly with what she believes in, never letting anyone else decide for her.

We learn a lot from her as a personality as she is a strong woman who believes that she is still ‘Becoming’ who she is and will continue to become till the day she rests. She is Michelle Robinson Obama.

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Rohit Chopra
Great article Shrenya! As First Lady, Michelle Obama made had introduced incredible initiatives for women, military families, LGTBQ rights and arts 🤓
This is the best!