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Michelle Obama Pushes Study Abroad Experience She Never Had

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First lady Michelle Obama wants 100,000 American students to study in China over the next four years.

Nicole Baden, a student at Howard University in Northwest D.C., recently participated in a study abroad program in China. She says she had great experiences, especially with her Chinese host family.

"When I became a little ill when I was abroad and my [host mother], she really took care of me like...my real mom would, so that really touched me," she says.

Obama's goal is to increase the "number and diversity" of students studying in China, saying she didn't even think of doing something like that when she was a student.

"My brother and I were among the first in our family to go to college. So trust me, we were way more focused on getting in, getting through and getting out...than we were with finding opportunities that would broaden our horizons," she says.

Obama announced several new efforts, including short-term study abroad opportunities for community college students, after-school Mandarin lessons for D.C. public school children and more scholarships.

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