Michelle Obama reached a number of feats in her eight years as First Lady: a successful initiative combatting childhood obesity and another campaign to help girls worldwide attend and stay in school. Obama will long be remembered for raising the FLOTUS bar despite who'd become her immediate successor.

As someone who continuously emphasizes the importance of schooling, she backs those claims with a heavy educational background of her own. Not only is the 56-year-old a first-generation college student, she used her degrees to launch a career at a law firm, become assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago's City Hall and Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago.

Read on for a deeper dive into Obama's academic history: