Michelle Obama, ATTN To Launch 'A Year of Firsts' IGTV Series—Here's What We Know So Far

Former first lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with media company ATTN to launch A Year of Firsts, a docuseries about life as a first-year college student that will be available for viewing via Instagram's IGTV platform.

News of Obama's latest venture came Tuesday, when the Becoming author took to her own Instagram account with a video post offering a personal explanation of why the forthcoming series is so important to her.

"As a first-generation college student myself, I know how intimidating it can be to take that leap and pursue your educational dreams," she wrote as a caption to accompany the video. "That's why I'm so proud of these students. By sharing their stories, they're helping others see that the ups and downs of the first year of college are something everyone goes through—and they're creating a supportive community for others facing similar challenges."

A Year of Firsts will follow the lives of four college freshmen from around the country. According to a press release from ATTN, the series will premiere on IGTV in mid-January.

Obama's partnership with ATTN comes through the former first lady's "Reach Higher" program, an initiative launched during her time in the White House that is designed to "help students get to and through college."

"As Mrs. Obama highlights in each episode, there are many hidden challenges to making it through college," ATTN co-founder Matthew Segal said in a statement regarding Obama's role in the series.

He continued: "This series will meet many students where they live — on Instagram — and share candid perspectives about how to overcome barriers. We're thrilled to be partnering with Mrs. Obama and Reach Higher to engage and inspire students to invest in themselves through higher education."

A Year of Firsts is just the latest project the former first lady has embarked on in both the education and media spheres. Last month, the best-selling author journeyed to Vietnam with Today with Hoda & Jenna host Jenna Bush Hager to highlight the importance of access to education for young women.

In an interview with Today as part of the journey, Obama described the trip as "a continuation of what I consider my life's work."

Earlier this year, both she and her husband, former President Barack Obama made headlines for the films—including their first Netflix documentary, American Factory—coming from their media enterprise, Higher Ground Productions.

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Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Obama Foundation Summit at Illinois Institute of Technology on October 29, 2019. Scott Olson/Getty Images
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