Nick Cannon, the “America’s Got Talent” star, enrolled for classes at Howard university as a freshman in late August. The famous TV host posted pictures of his memorable first day on campus in Washington D.C. and tweeted:
Image shows Nick Cannon at Howard University enjoying his first day on campus.
Cannon said in a statement: “I decided to obtain my first college degree from an institution that had a proven legacy of producing great minds.”
Nick, who has a set of twins with pop diva Mariah Carey, graduated from high school in 1998 and when he couldn’t go further for fame, started working on Nickelodeon’s “All That”.
The 35-year-old revealed the real reason he decided to head back to school. In a discussion with U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Seth Meyers, he said: “Honestly I’m not here for a degree.
“I’m here because I have a real thirst for knowledge. I feel like that’s why we’re all here in this room.”
Image shows Nick Cannon, Michelle Obama and Seth Meyers at Howard University.
The event at Howard University September 2 was to support the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative and “Better Make Room” campaign.
Mrs. Obama was amazed at Cannon’s sentiment about the importance of education. She said: “College was probably the most impactful thing that I’ve done in my life, other than being First Lady and having kids and marrying Barack Obama. But college did everything for me.”
“This is one of the reasons why we promote Reach Higher in getting kids to own their future and go to college if possible,” she said. “Because it changes your life. It opens up a world of opportunity.”
Cannon couldn’t hide his gift as a comedian when he revealed that he has a younger brother right there at Howard, adding that the guy is shy to hang out with him because he’s a freshman.
He said: “I got my brother here, he’s a junior. But he doesn’t wanna hang out with me because I’m a freshman!”
“He’s embarrassed by you,” Mrs. Obama quipped. “You’re just a young freshman.”
The U.S. First Lady later shared her experience as a freshman in college. In her words: “My friends would say I was funny, kinda silly. You may have noticed that over the last eight years, that I can be a little silly. But I took my education pretty seriously. I knew how much it was costing my parents to send me. I knew my father had taken out a loan, he was a blue collar worker. I knew I had to get it together and make sure I was doing my best.”
She did enjoy her time as an undergraduate notwithstanding the pressure from hard work and the need for self-control.
“I was still somebody who liked to have fun and go to the occasional party or two or three,” she said.
“Turn up!” Cannon chimed in.
Mrs. Obama later responded to questions from the audience. She advised students to ignore people who doubt their potentials, adding that they should work hard in their academic pursuits.
In her words: “Just brush it off and just do the work. It’s the doing of the work that just gets you through. It’s not what other people think of you.”
“I still carry that with me today as First Lady of the United States,” she added, “because there are people who don’t think I should be doing that either. And it’s been eight years.”