Dear Class of 2019…

Dear Class of 2019,Reach Higher

Congratulations on taking the first step in your higher education career and deciding to attend college!

Being a first-generation college student, it was always in the “master-plan” for me to go to college. My parents have told me, ever since I can remember, “education is key.” My parents have been my guiding force this entire journey, and continue to inspire me to do better each day and achieve more each semester. I know that it is a huge decision for you to come to college, but I want to assure you that you are making the right decision! Now more than ever it is imperative for students to obtain advanced degrees in order to get jobs.

The First Lady wants to make May 1st National College Signing Day, but in order for that to happen we are going to need your help. We want you to explode over social media: tweet, instagram, post, share, pin and like anything and everything you can about you going to college! This is a great accomplishment and we want you to be able to share it! Inspire other students with your social media by showing them that attending college is the right choice, and that it is now more attainable than ever. Go ahead and join the buzz by using #ReachHigher.

The one piece of advice that I want to offer to you during this new adventure is to take a deep breath. This transition may be stressful for you and your family, but taking a deep breath every once in a while will help you relax and enjoy your decision to continue your education. And that’s just it; it’s your decision. Of course your family should play a major role in your decision making process, but in the end it is you that will be spending the next four years at college.

Inspire others to make the decision to come to college! This is your time to make a difference in the lives of others by sharing your story and exciting them to attend college!

I’ll be on the lookout for the #ReachHigher posts!

Best wishes,

Tyler Lonergan

Marist College ‘18

With my siblings during Family Weekend.

With my siblings during Family Weekend.


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 –>

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