In a surprise announcement Tuesday night, Richard L. Nesbitt, Williams College Director of Admissions, said that the College had gone against its standard admissions procedure and accepted the President’s eldest daughter, who is a junior in high school, a year ahead of schedule–making her the first member of the College’s class of 2020. “Our goal every year is to create as talented and accomplished a class of 550 young men and women as we can,” Nesbitt explained, “and, though we do not normally deliberate on students before their final year of high school, there were considerations in this situation which we deemed allowed for circumventing the usual process.”
Ms. Obama’s matriculation to Williams is obviously a high-profile move for the College, but the administration stressed that this is not about rankings or donations. “When we try to build a community, we don’t focus on those sort of external factors,” Dean Bolton said over the phone Tuesday night, “we ask questions like ‘how will this student buttress what we already have in place, as well as go against campus norms?’ and we think Ms. Obama, because of her unique experiences and perspective, will be a wonderful addition to the community both in her ability to become part of Williams as it is, as well as to help us grow.” President Falk could not be reached for comment.
One potential problem with the College’s action is that prospective applicants may feel disadvantaged for not living in the White House. One such person, a cousin of this reporter who would also be a member of the class of 2020, opined “it doesn’t really seem fair that just because she is Obama’s daughter she should just get what seems like a free-pass through the whole college process. I mean, everybody else is working really hard, but I guess that’s just how it is, this isn’t exactly surprising.”
Despite being spotted on tours of Columbia and NYU, the newest Eph has no regrets about her decision. Eric Schultz, White House Deputy Press Secretary, who spoke on her behalf said “Malia, and the entire Obama family, is incredibly proud and excited to join such a prestigious institution. Malia hopes to be a part of the varsity tennis teams, as well as participate in theater. She cannot wait to start this chapter of her life. Go ephs!”