Malala Yousafsai, the famous Pakistani activist who survived a gun shot in the head by a Taliban man, has attended Oxford University’s matriculation ceremony for her freshman year. She tweeted a picture of her textbooks and laptop earlier in the week.

The Ceremony

Malala wore the formal dress required for Oxford University’s ceremony, and was seen walking towards its Sheldonian Theatre to complete her enrollment process there.

Earlier in the week, she took a photo of her textbooks and laptop, with a caption that read: “5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford.”

Benazir Bhutto, the former president of Pakistan, and one of Malala’s heroes, used to attend Oxford University. It was also among the first universities in Oxford to allow women to enroll for college degrees- a cause Malala is a symbol for.

Her Enrollment

Malala has said this summer that she was “so excited” that she had scored the three As she needed in her A-level exams to be able to enroll in Oxford University’s “Philosophy, Politics and Economics” (PPE) program. She had taken her A-levels in history, religious studies, geography and mathematics. She celebrated with her friends from Edgbaston all-girls Highschool in Birmingham, England.

“So excited to go to Oxford!!” she said on Twitter. “Well done to all A-level students – the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead”.

There were circulating rumours that Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel prize winner ever, will be leaving the United Kingdom and moving West to the United States.

However, after an interview in 2016, she had revealed that she was going to an interview at Lady Margaret Hall, saying afterwards: “it was the hardest interview of my life.”

She also revealed earlier that she also applied to London School of Economics, Warwick and Durham universities.

Her Background

Malala was among several female students in Pakistan who were attacked by Taliban terrorists for attending school. The militants /boarded the school bus and ended up shooting her in the head, and injuring a couple of her friends.

She rose to fame later as a global activist and campaigner for women and girls’ rights to an education. At just 19 years old, she said it was her dream to go back to Pakistan to become a female politician to help the country progress in terms of women’s rights.


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