Yara Shahidi Talked About Her Transition to College & People Underestimating This Generation & I Wish I Was ~This~ Motivated

Making the transition from high school to college should be a 3-credit course in itself. Whether you’re trying to just figure out what back-to-school supplies you need for college or you’re contemplating changing your college major before the semester begins, becoming a semi-functional college student is challenging, so we’re always craving advice on how to do this college experience thing. (Seriously, everyone talks about the college experience, but what is it and how do we navigate this wild ride?) Thankfully, Yara Shahidi, the voice we need every day, talked about her own transition to college.

Like so many academic perspectives, Yara Shahidi went through the process of drafting college applications and she talked to The Hollywood Reporter about her experience applying to college, the transition to college life and being a college student while working in the entertainment industry.

Yara tells THR that the college transition is going to be easier than people think. Clearly, we need to hire Yara to manage our life because transitioning to college was a struggle. “I want to have as much of a college experience as possible. That's why I decided to apply in the first place,” she continued.

Obviously, we hope that Yara has the best college experience ever, but we’re also high-key jealous of her classmates because the Grown-ish star has an introspective approach to life outside of college as well. After all, she did work with NowThis to kickoff Eighteenx18, which encourages young people to vote by teaching them about their voter rights.

Later in the interview, Yara said, "The thing people don't fully understand about my generation is just how multifaceted we are. Oftentimes, people like to oversimplify what [we] believe in or do, whether that's, 'Oh, you're on your phones all the time,' or, 'Oh, you're very self-centered,' but what I've seen from my peers is that we're socially engaged and curious about the world." After all, being plugged into social media isn't innately a bad thing, we can use it as an aid in our activism. 

As E! News notes, Yara will begin Harvard University this fall as she simultaneously works on two different shows. TBH, we want to know what her self-care regimen is because we vicariously feel overwhelmed for her, but we also know that she’s got this. (P.S. We’re waiting for any life lessons from Yara Shahidi because we seriously need to get our sh*t together.)