You may know Iranian-American actress Yara Shahidi for her role in the show Black-ish ... but Shahidi has been making it big in the world, and Michelle Obama has been taking note.   

Recently, former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama wrote the 17-year-old actress a college recommendation letter to her alma mater, Harvard. 

"She is very amazing and such a supporter, which is something very surreal to say," said Shahidi, according to AOL.

The actress applied to four universities, including Harvard. She plans to take a gap year, just like Malia Obama, who is also planning to attend the Ivy League university. 

"I know when Malia Obama announced [she was deferring], she got a lot of slack, but I feel like what's interesting is I know so many people that are deferring. It's more than to just roam around or just sit down and stare at a wall, but it will also give me an opportunity to work," she added.  

Shahidi plans to pursue a double major in African American studies and sociology.  

This wouldn't be a first for Shahidi and Obama. The two have appeared together onstage as they publicly discussed girls' education among other things.  

Shahidi also attended Obama's final White House Easter egg roll and got to meet Beyoncé while there.  

Shahidi is an outspoken activist at heart, who has been honored by the Young Women's Leadership Network for her work with underprivileged students. 

She founded the mentoring organization Yara’s Club as part of her work with said network. 

"I’m filming nine and a half hours a day five days a week, but whenever I have a free moment, I’m talking to the U.N. or working on how to get Yara’s Club launched,” she told the New York Times.

Earlier this year, the actress denounced President Donald Trump's Muslim ban, by sharing her personal story on social media. 

"If my baba was stuck in an airport because of a Muslim ban 39 years ago, he would have never fallen in love with my mama," she wrote.

"I am the result of love. More specifically, black and Iranian love. Of Shia love, of Christian love, of American love, of a love that highlights how interconnected we truly are."