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She Got In! ‘Black-ish’ Actress Yara Shahidi Got Accepted To Every College She Applied To

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A big congrats is in order to the 17-year-old slaying all of our hearts every Wednesday night on ABC. If the title of this article is not any indication, Black-ish star Yara Shahidi now has another achievement under her belt. After sitting down exclusively with Seventeen, the actress let the world know that she got accepted into every college she applied to! We’re sure that her college recommendation letter penned by the 44th First Lady Michelle Obama might have had a little something to do with that as well.

In reference to the exciting news, Yara updated the magazine of where she currently was in the college process. She is keeping quiet about the names of the universities/colleges she applied to, but knowing the immense intelligence of the young actress, I see her in the classroom of someone’s Ivy League. “I did get all of my college acceptances and I’m keeping them close to the belt as of right now, but I got into every college I applied to. So that’s really exciting. I found all of that out last week. My college plans are all up in the air, but I will choose within the next month.”


After graduating high school, Yara has plans to double major in two areas of studies: African American studies and sociology. It was a decision she made because, for her, “as much as I want free time, I love to challenge myself. And so it really goes back to the point that I want to study as much as possible and [doing] a double major is the solution.”

Yara is currently undecided on a minor and it is currently a toss-up in her mind. “I don’t know if I am going to go more creative and do something in the arts or if I am going to do a social justice minor, so that is still up for debate,” she shared with the popular magazine.


In addition to the work she is prepared to do towards her educational endeavors, Yara is still balancing her role on the popular family sitcom Black-ish. She might have even bigger news come this fall, as the network is looking into giving her character Zoey her very own spin-off… Maybe.

“Well, that is up to the heads of ABC, but yeah, we want to explore and see where Zoey is going. And the fact that Zoey is college-aged [makes it] important to address that, because on a college campus – given the socio-political landscape of our society at the moment – we’re not only dealing with race policy that we got from Blackish, [but also] the intersectionality of race, gender, sexuality and political views and ideals. And so [filming on] a college campus and having Zoey experience life as an independent would a perfect place to discuss that.”

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Here’s to hoping for a possible Zoey spin-off in the near future. Congrats again to Yara achieving her education goals! Keep up the great work sis!

Read the full interview with Yara on Seventeen.

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Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.