Pakistani human-rights and education advocate Malala Yousafzai — who defied death and became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Price — now has a new title: Oxford college student.
The 20-year-old blogger revealed Thursday on Twitter that she had been accepted to the prestigious university after passing her A-Level exams, which determine whether applicants are allowed in.
“So excited to go to Oxford!!” Yousagzai tweeted, along with a screenshot of her acceptance letter.
“Well done to all A-level students – the hardest year,” she said. “Best wishes for life ahead!”
Yousafzai will be following in the footsteps of politicians and local laureates in the UK and around the world — such as former British Prime Minister David Cameron and late Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto — who studied at the school.
The young blogger made headlines in 2012 when she was nearly killed by a Taliban gunman who set upon a van she was riding home on in her native Pakistan.
Yousafzai, who was 15, wound up being shot in the head, but survived — with doctors removing a bullet lodged near her spinal cord.
The human-rights activist was ultimately targeted for an ongoing campaign that she was pushing for, in response to the Taliban’s stance against women. She went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her work — and has since become a symbol for countless young people across the globe.
“Idk why more young girls don’t aspire to be Malala Yousafzai, rather than reality stars or glamour models,” wrote one Twitter user.
Yousafzai, who now lives in the UK, will be studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall.
College data shows that she was one of the lucky few to land a spot at the world-renowned school this year.
The University admissions service, UCAS, wrote on its website recently that there’s been a fall in the number of acceptances — which was caused by a decrease in acceptances from older students and fewer students from the European Union.
According to UCAS, more than 400,000 people had been accepted to degree courses on A-level results day, which is two percent less than what was recorded in 2016.
With Post wires