Malala Yousafzai Joins Twitter And Shares Her Plans After Graduating High School

"Today is my last day of school and my first day on Twitter."

Girls' education advocate Malala Yousafzai made a few big announcements on Friday. First, she joined Twitter, racking up more than 144,000 followers in just a few hours. She then used the platform to announce that she is graduating secondary school, and to share what her plans are for the summer.



Yousafzai, now 19, is the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the UN Messenger of Peace designation. She survived a shooting attack by the Taliban in her home country of Pakistan in 2012. Following her recovery, she has continued to stand up for education rights around the world.

Yousafzai and her family moved to the United Kingdom, where she has attended a girls' high school and founded the nonprofit Malala Fund. She has also been the subject of an acclaimed documentary titled He Named Me Malala.

On Friday, she tweeted that graduating school felt "bittersweet" to her. "I'm excited about my future, but I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never have the opportunity to complete their education."

Yousafzai went on to say that she will resume her Girl Power Trip next week, as she travels to meet girls in the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. She started the trip this April in Lancaster, Penn., which is known as the "refugee capital" of the United States. (Yousafzai spoke up in defense of refugees earlier this year when she released a statement criticizing President Trump's travel ban.)

"Each girl's story is unique," she wrote on Twitter, "and girls' voices are our most powerful weapons in the fight for education and equality."

According to Teen Vogue, Yousafzai plans to attend college in the fall, and had applied to universities offering programs in philosophy, politics, and economics. She has not revealed which school she will attend, although she shared in March that she received a conditional offer to study at a U.K. university — with reports pointing to Oxford.

Yousafzai told an education conference at the time that she will continue her work with the Malala Fund during her studies. "My goal is to make sure every child, girl and boy, they get the opportunity to go to school," she said. "It is their basic human right, so I will be working on that and I will never stop until I see the last child going to school."

We're excited to follow along with her journey to college and beyond.

Cover image via Instagram

(H/T: Huffington Post)



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