Malia Obama and Her Mom Are Scouting Colleges, Spotted at NYU and Columbia

Imagine being in that tour group?

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Today in news that will make you feel old, Malia Obama's college search has officially begun. Page Six reports the 16-year-old junior was spotted visiting two New York City schools, NYU and Columbia University, this morning. Michelle Obama and a Secret Service officer joined her. 

Malia started at NYU, where she toured buildings and even had her first run-in with a college guy. The student accidentally stepped in an elevator with the group, he told the school paper, while they were on a private tour of the Goddard Hall dorm. A fairly exciting but somewhat awkward experience, surely.

Afterward, Malia and Michelle went uptown and saw Columbia, where President Obama went for undergrad. They then had lunch at nearby Community Food & Juice. One lucky restaurant goer Instagrammed the sighting:

(For reference, Malia was 10 when the President was inaugurated. Time flies, huh?)

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Alyssa Bailey
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Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she's not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.