Taking a gap year between high school and college can be life-changing. Malia Obama decided to take one before starting at Harvard to complete an internship with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, and now Black-ish star Yara Shahidi, whose recommendation letter from Michelle Obama helped her get into the same ivy league school, is doing something similar. In her year off, Shahidi will be filming a new Black-ish spinoff called, hilariously, College-ish, but she鈥檒l also be giving back by continuing her work mentoring young women.

In a recent interview with InStyle, Shahidi said that her efforts to help students in low-income communities will be a priority in her year off. In 2016, Shahidi helped launch a young women鈥檚 mentoring program called Yara鈥檚 Club, where she talks with students about education, social issues, and self-improvement. She has also worked with DoSomething.org to encourage girls to go into the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

鈥淲e already did a lot this year,鈥 she told InStyle. 鈥淏ut there鈥檚 so much more to be done.鈥

Even before she had been accepted to Harvard, Shahidi always planned to take time off between finishing her senior year through Dwight School鈥榮 online program this past spring and starting college. 鈥淚鈥檝e been working more than half of my life and that鈥檚 always been balanced with school and all of the other responsibilities,鈥 she told People in 2016, 鈥渟o to have a year to focus on work and to focus on specified interests will be nice before I pick a career and choose what I want to study and my life path.鈥

Shahidi will spend part of the year playing a student, at least 鈥 her Black-ish character Zoey heads off to college in the show鈥檚 spinoff.

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(h/t InStyle; photo via Maury Phillips/Getty)