U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during a session of a Fashion Education Workshop in the East Room of the White House
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October 13, 2014 12:25 PM EDT

No one is immune to the awkward discomfort that is middle school. And that includes First Lady Michelle Obama, also known as the Beyoncé BFF who probably should have won “Best Arms of the Class of 1981” in high school.

FLOTUS wrote an essay to her younger self in this week’s People that discusses her angst-ridden younger years:

Even though Obama still faces high school-esque antics — including news commentators discussing her weight — she has certainly risen above the lunchroom chatter.

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