#WeAllCan: College Signing Day with Michelle Obama

“NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 26: 3rd Annual College Signing Day at the Harlem Armory on April 26, 2016 in New York City. The event, co-hosted by MTV, was part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative which encourages young people to continue their education past High School. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)”

There’s nothing quite like walking around with former First Lady Michelle Obama when she’s meeting students for the first time.  I’ve seen her stroll across a campus dorm quad at Howard University, taking a tour with Chicago high school seniors. The roar of college kids pressed against the quad gate and the deafening shouts of “We LOVE YOU!” from the adjoining dorm rooms made think that this must have been what it was like to walk around with the Beatles.  I’ve also been in the room when Mrs. Obama has surprised a group of students on a White House tour—that high pitched yelp followed by clapping elation—the is-this-really-happening euphoria that often manifests in spontaneous outburst of tears that don’t stop, even after getting a hug.

 

“NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 26: 3rd Annual College Signing Day at the Harlem Armory on April 26, 2016 in New York City. The event, co-hosted by MTV, was part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative which encourages young people to continue their education past High School. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)”

Since the launch of the Better Make Room campaign, Mrs. Obama and our valuable partners have worked hard around the nation to launch big events, new initiatives and inspiring PSAs. We’ve launched nationwide essay contests through Seventeen Magazine and MTV Founders. We launched Up Next, a texting initiative that provides resources for students. We’ve invited students to the White House for Beating the Odds. We’ve seen thousands of students make commitments to their futures, plan for college, apply for their FAFSA ahead of time, and lock their eyes on the future—where they have the potential to be whatever it is that they want to be. And of course, we’ve put on incredibly high-energy events in New York for National College Signing Day.

And no, not *that* college signing day.  When we’re out there celebrating signing day every spring, it’s not about high school athletes telling us where they plan to play ball, but rather America’s high school seniors standing up and proudly proclaiming where they’ll be continuing to study after high school.  And the seniors do this every year on around May 1, the deadline by which seniors around the country have to let colleges know where they plan to attend.

Last year? We had more than 1,200 events in all 50 states. In NYC, you could walk into Times Square and see student stories, pictures, and tweets plastered on the America Eagle Outfitters billboards.  Because on College Signing Day, students are the stars. They’re the ones who we should be celebrating.  And we haven’t stopped. This is only the beginning. You can go to bettermakeroom.org to register your event, download a signing day kit—and even learn how to win $500 from the College Football Playoff Foundation and Donors Choose for your event.  This year, we’re celebrating College Signing Day on May 5.  So on May 5, grab that college gear and post a selfie on social media with the #CollegeSigningDay and #BetterMakeRoom.

About the Author: Eric Waldo is the Executive Director of Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, which now resides at Civic Nation.  Reach Higher encourages young people to pursue and complete their education past high school, whether via a two year degree, a four year degree, or an industry recognized credential, but some education past high school has to be the goal for every young person to be competitive in the global, knowledge-based economy.  He resides in Washington, DC, and is always proud to iron his Brown University t-shirt for College Signing Day.

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GET INSPIRED with #WeAllCan featuring Syma Raza

We’re inspired by stories of passion and people turning their dreams into reality. Every day we get the chance to work with some extraordinary individuals right in our home office. Individuals who are empowered to live authentically and work tirelessly toward their goals, both personal and professional. We’re proud to highlight a few of their unique stories and inspire YOU to share what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

This week we’re featuring the creative, stylish & motivated Associate Manager of PR, Syma Raza. Learn what inspires her and get a glimpse inside her NYC lifestyle.

@symaspeaks #WeAllCan

Show us what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

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Style Roundup: One Piece Wonders

Easy dressing: we’ve talked about it before. One of our favorite ways to quickly dress & still look super put-together, effortlessly, is to pop on a romper or dress. One piece wonders get the job done: they’re on trend, comfy and are the ultimate way to channel warm weather vibes. It’s time to spring forward in comfy-cute rompers and wear-everywhere dresses in playful polka dots, picnic-perfect gingham, retro florals, stripes and more. We picked a few of our favorite one piece looks styled by YOU – check them out below! We want to see how you’re styling dresses and rompers, so be sure to show us your look (and tell us why you wear it!) by tagging us and using #WeAllCan on Instagram or Twitter.

LOOK 1: Feeling blue? You bet. Our embellished romper mixes nautical stripes and embroidered details for a look that’s warm-weather ready.

@emmasedition styles the AEO Embellished Romper.

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AEO Embellished Romper

LOOK 2: A classic striped pattern with an old-school feel gets a modern update with cutout details in a v-neck romper silhouette. Add some aviators and a necklace (and definitely a popsicle!) to finish your look.

@lovefromlinds styles the AEO Keyhole Front Romper.

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Shop the Look: AEO Keyhole Front Romper

LOOK 3: The easy, breezy vibe of this romper makes a great seasonal transition piece. Long belle sleeves are balanced out by the legs-for-days romper cut, and booties keep the outfit grounded.

@kamolea styles the AEO Wrap Romper.

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Shop the Look: AEO Wrap Romper

LOOK 4: Strappy details are everywhere right now, and an unexpected cross-front strap takes a go-to fit & flare silhouette up a notch.

@wandering.nana styles the AEO Printed Strappy Dress.

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Shop the Look: AEO Printed Strappy Dress

Look 5: Bare shoulders, chill vibes. Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses have never been more of a must-have. Pair the dress with flats and sunnies.

@10dimesforever styles the AEO Off-The-Shoulder Fit & Flare Dress

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Shop the Look: AEO Off-The-Shoulder Fit & Flare Dress

How will are you wearing Rompers and Dresses this season? Tell us in the comments below or show us on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our style gallery.

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GET INSPIRED with #WeAllCan featuring Catherine Gignac

GET INSPIRED with #WeAllCan featuring Catherine Gignac

We’re inspired by stories of passion and people turning their dreams into reality. Every day we get the chance to work with some extraordinary individuals right in our home office. Individuals who are empowered to live authentically and work tirelessly toward their goals, both personal and professional. We’re proud to highlight a few of their unique stories and inspire YOU to share what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

This week we’re featuring our amazingly vibrant Manager of Digital Creative, Catherine Gignac. Learn what drives her and get a glimpse inside her adventurous lifestyle.

 

Show us what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

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CANdid: What Can You Do, Be Or Create?

CANdid

What can you do, be or create? Share your stories of passion, inspiration and turning dreams into reality with us for a chance to be featured. Here’s how…

STEP 1: Get inspired by our cast members’ stories below.
STEP 2: Tell us YOUR story by creating a video.
STEP 3: Upload the video to Instagram, YouTube or Facebook and include the hashtag #WeAllCan.

GET INSPIRED

From performing and directing to coding and advocating for equal rights, these inspiring individuals are leaving a mark on the world, one story at a time.

CALLIE REIFF // @calliereiff

Callie is a quadruple threat, having proven herself as a dancer, blogger, model and most recently, an NYC-based DJ.

Callie Reiff: CANdid

BEN NORDBERG // @bennordberg

Whether he’s hitting the streets or working the camera, this skateboarder specializes in keeping it chill.

Ben Nordberg: CANdid

KAI MORTON // @hiyakai

Cyber world, bow down. This avid gamer created her first app when she was just 17 and has been busy inspiring a new generation of coders ever since.

Kai Morton: CANdid

TYLER MITCHELL // @tylersphotos

At only 20 years old, Tyler is an accomplished film director and photographer with a finger on the pulse of both the Hollywood and hip-hop scenes.

Tyler Mitchell: CANdid

ALEXANDRA SHIPP // @alexandrashipppp

With movies like “X-Men” and “Straight Outta Compton” under her belt, Alexandra is poised to be Hollywood’s next “It” girl.

Alexandra Shipp: CANdid

CAMERON DALLAS // @camerondallas

This social media star paved his own road to success (and 15 million followers!) on Vine and Youtube. Next up? A Netflix original series.

Cameron Dallas: CANdid

Style isn’t about rules. It’s about telling your story. Sharing your inspiration. Staying true to YOU – and owning it. Be anything. Do everything. Love anyone. Play nice. Make peace. Stay true.

#WeAllCan

What can you do, be or create? We want to know! Show AND tell us by uploading your own video to Instagram, YouTube or Facebook with #WeAllCan.

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#WeAllCan Adventure Together: How To Enter The Sweepstakes

WIN YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE

Our latest sweepstakes gives you the chance to experience a new adventure by sharing your last one. Whether you’ve been rock climbing in the Rockies or scuba diving in the Pacific, we want to see it! This is your chance to share your last adventure to unlock your next one.

One new adventure will be given away every day. To enter, share your adventure on Instagram or Twitter & include #WeAllCan #Sweepstakes. OFFICIAL RULES.

Keep scrolling to see exactly how to enter! Your next adventure could be just a share away. Plus if you’re not one of the daily winners, you can still feel good about participating because we’ll donate $1 to Feeding America for your entry!

STEP 1:

Post your last adventure to Twitter or Instagram with #WeAllCan #Sweepstakes.

How To Enter the #WeAllCan Adventure Together Sweepstakes on Instagram and Twitter

STEP 2:

Visit share.ae.com and authenticate your Instagram or Twitter profile to complete your entry.

How To Enter the #WeAllCan Adventure Together Sweepstakes on Instagram and Twitter

STEP 3:

If you posted your photo using #WeAllCan #Sweepstakes, you’ll be prompted to shake your phone to see if you’ve won!

How To Enter the #WeAllCan Adventure Together Sweepstakes on Instagram and Twitter

STEP 4:

You could be on your way to winning your next adventure! If you receive a message that you’ve won, submit your email address so that we can get in touch with you to claim your prize.

How To Enter the #WeAllCan Adventure Together Sweepstakes on Instagram and Twitter

Questions? Get in touch with us @AEO on Twitter or @americaneagle on Instagram.

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