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Seriously, where has the time gone?! Malia Obama was just nine years old when her father first took office in 2008, and now she's just decided where she'll go to college. President Barack Obama's eldest daughter has officially chosen to attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017. She'll be following the lead of her parents, both of whom went to Harvard Law School. The 17-year-old graduates high school this spring and according to a statement released by the White House, she "will take a gap year before beginning school."

Gap years are fairly common in Europe, though over the years they've been growing in popularity stateside. Taking a year off between high school and college can be extremely beneficial. A study of students in the U.K. and U.S. found that those who took a gap year were more likely to graduate college with higher grade point averages than their peers who just went straight to college. Grades aside, if the time is spent wisely, a year off can also enrich a person's life immensely. Here are six ways we think Malia should consider spending her gap year. 

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