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The First Lady’s Travel Journal: Make Your Own Mark on Our World

As part of a series of travel journals during her trip to Japan and Cambodia, First Lady Michelle Obama wraps up her experiences.

This post is part of a series authored by First Lady Michelle Obama to share her visit to Japan and Cambodia and the Let Girls Learn initiative with young people in the U.S. Find out how you can get involved at

On this trip, I had the pleasure of standing with leaders who are making historic investments in girls’ education — and I had the privilege of meeting extraordinary girls and the community leaders, volunteers and teachers who are working so hard to help them go to school and pursue their dreams. Along the way, I experienced the rich culture and history of two fascinating countries.

First Lady Michelle waves upon departure from Siem Reap Airport in Siem, Reap

First Lady Michelle waves upon departure from Siem Reap Airport in Siem, Reap Cambodia on March 22, 2015. The First Lady traveled to Japan and Cambodia as part of the “Let Girls Learn” initiative. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

I hope you enjoyed following along and that you will draw inspiration from this journey as you continue on your own journey. I hope you’ll follow the example of the amazing girls we met and really take ownership of your education, and I hope you’ll follow the example of our inspiring Peace Corps Volunteers and find a way to give back and help others.

Finally, I hope you’ll continue learning about Japan, Cambodia and other countries around the world. You don’t have to get on a plane to do this. You can just get online, and you’ll find a whole universe of information about other cultures, languages and traditions that you can explore. There is so much to know and experience, so I hope you will keep on learning and dreaming and preparing yourself to make your own mark on our world.

Thanks so much for following along on this trip!

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