“Don’t go to college just to duplicate the same experience you had in high school. Don’t make your decision based on, well, where are all my friends going so that I can do the exact same things with the exact same friends that I did in high school. The whole point is for you to push yourself out of your comfort level, meet people you haven’t met before, take classes that you hadn’t thought of before (emphasis mine).“Stretch yourself,” the president added. “Because this is the time to do it, when you’re young.”

President Obama as quoted in The New York Times. Photo Credit: Michael Reynolds/Getty Images.