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Malala may choose Stanford over Oxford—mainly because of 300 days of sunshine a year

Reuters/Jamal Saidi
Her future is bright.
By Aamna Mohdin
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

After getting a string of As at her school-leaving exams, Malala Yousafzai has her pick of top colleges around the world.

Since surviving an attack by the Taliban in 2012, the world’s youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner has continued to be a powerful advocate for girls’ education and is currently choosing between Oxford in the UK and Stanford in US—two of the best universities in the world. She has previously stated she wanted to study politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford, but her father points out one thing Stanford has that Oxford doesn’t.

After touring Stanford’s campus, Malala’s father said:

They have 300 days of sun out of 365 days, which is a rare phenomenon in the UK. Three hundred days of sun makes a difference.

Reminder: She lives in Birmingham in the UK, where it rains for 156 days out of the year.

Malala is the star of a new documentary, He Named Me Malala, which premiered in at the London Film Festival this week. It follows Malala and her family for 18 months as they travel to Britain, Kenya, Nigeria, Abu Dhabi, and Jordan and also explains that Malala’s parents named her in honor of Malalai of Maiwand—a Pashtun folk hero who rallied the Afghan army to fight against British troops in 1880.

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