Dear Class of 2019,
I want to personally congratulate the entire Class of 2019, but I wanted to give a special shout-out to the student athletes across the country for choosing to continue your education in college. The #ReachHigher initiative aims to restore America’s proportion of college graduates, with the ultimate goal of having America lead the world in this aspect. First Lady Michelle Obama looks to achieve this goal by focusing on college affordability, exposing students to college, academic and summer planning, and supporting school counselors. The Reach Higher initiative, in conjunction with dedicated student athletes across the nation, promotes May 1st as National Signing Day for all students taking the next step in will ultimately create an abundance of academic and vocational opportunities for those looking to advance their education.
As a division one cross country and track & field athlete, I can personally assure you that the competitive spirit to overcome challenges will help you to accomplish amazing things in the classroom and after college graduation as well. It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be able to continue competing in the sport you love while working towards a degree that will provide a solid foundation towards your future career interests. As a collegiate student athlete, there are tremendous opportunities which are otherwise unavailable to high school students. Opportunities such as internships, alumni connections, clubs/organizations, and professionalism are just a few benefits of college. Congratulations again to all student looking to advance their education after high school. Remember to reach higher in academics, reach higher in your athletics, and I can guarantee that you will reach your highest goals in life!
– Brian Edsall ’17
Marist College Track and Field
The #ReachHigher initiative is the First Lady‘s effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university. Learn more –>