EXCLUSIVE: Michelle Obama Says Her First Night in College 'Was a Mess'

The Real

Michelle Obama's first night in college was far from glamorous.

"It was a mess. I was in a one room-triple. Triple!" FLOTUS told the ladies of The Real during a special episode filmed at the White House to promote her "Better Make Room" movement.

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The first lady recalled a particularly horrible memory about having to buy sheets for her dorm room bed. "I got sheets that were too short for the bed," she said.

"I didn't have any money to get the right sheets," Mrs. Obama recalled. "[The mattress] was plastic, so for the entire first year, I was sleeping half on the sheet, half on the plastic."

Still, she managed to survive her time at Princeton University.

"I didn’t even think to like go to my parents and go, 'I need new sheets,'" she explained. "You bought the sheets, you'll deal with the sheets. Maybe I should have my sheet game more together."

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During the show, FLOTUS also revealed whether she or husband President Barack Obama got better grades in school.

"It's not even close," she said with a laugh, pointing to herself. "Barack fooled around in high school. He said it. He didn’t take school seriously...He barely got his work done. He was a bum."

"The president of the United States screwed around in high school and he still got his act together," she concluded to the teens in attendance. "He did OK."

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