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Malala Yousafzai Will Study at Oxford

The Pakistani-born activist has announced where she’ll spend her collegiate career.


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Unsurprisingly, one of the world’s most heroic women is going to be studying at one of the world’s best colleges.

Malala Yousafzai — the Pakistani-born activist who became an international figure when she was shot by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating for female education — has announced that she’ll spend her collegiate career studying at Oxford University in England. “So excited to go to Oxford! Well done to all A-level students — the hardest year,” she wrote on her new Twitter account to announce the news, which was accompanied by a screenshot of her acceptance email. “Best wishes for life ahead!”

Specifically, Malala will be embarking on the study of philosophy, politics, and economics (“PPE”) at Lady Margaret Hall — one of Oxford’s many “colleges” within its university structure — a ideal-sounding path for the world’s youngest Nobel laureate. Perhaps most fittingly, The Guardian described Malala’s chosen course of study as “the Oxford degree that runs Britain,” with a seemingly never-ending supply of British politicians and leaders embarking on their careers after graduating from the PPE program. She’ll certainly be ripe with opportunities in the future, that’s for sure.

When Teen Vogue spoke with Malala earlier this year, there were already reports that she had received a conditional offer from Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall, although she had to wait for the results of her A-level exams to make it official. When asked whether she was excited about the next step in her educational career, she was equal parts nervous and excited.

“It is quite a good moment because you live without your parents and you live in a college and that’s the exciting part,” she said. “After that I’m not sure what I’m going to do in terms of career, but I’m really sure that I’m going to be focused on the Malala Fund and the work we do for girls’ education, so that’s going to be my mission.” If she hadn’t received an education, she also believes that by now she “would have gotten married, [would] have had maybe a child, which is what it is like for many of [her] friends who couldn’t go to school.”

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