Michelle Obama, Wale team to help college-bound teens

(L-R) E! News co anchor Terrence Jenkins, first lady Michelle Obama, student Manuel Contreras, musical artist Wale, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan participate in a discussion on higher education during an event in the East Room of the White House July 23, 2015 in Washington, DC.

First lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with DC-based rapper Wale to help college-bound teens overcome obstacles and succeed in college.

More than 130 students were at the White House on Thursday for a “Beating the Odds” summit on making a smooth transition to college.

Wale told the kids he didn’t take college seriously at first, believing he’d someday end up in the NFL. Wale said he landed on academic probation at first, but college eventually taught him to be self-made and “take the training wheels off” in life.

FLOTUS told the students her goal is “to make education cool again.” The first lady and Wale were part of a panel discussion moderated by E! News co-anchor Terrence Jenkins. The rapper later performed for the students.

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