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10/09/2017 12:46 pm ET

Malala Yousafzai Nearly Died For Girls’ Education. Today, She Started At Oxford.

The women's education activist shared a snapshot of her first day on Twitter.

Five years ago, a member of the Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai in the head while she was on her way home from school because girls were banned from attending. The Pakistani teenager miraculously survived and has since given her all as an advocate for girls’ right to an education.

On Monday, the anniversary of the shooting, Malala attended her first class at the University of Oxford. 

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai speaks in Mexico City on Sept. 1, 2017.

“5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education,” Yousafzai tweeted. “Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford.” 

Word spread in August that the 20-year-old had been accepted to Oxford, and Yousafzai confirmed on social media that she’d be studying philosophy, politics and economics there beginning in October. 

At age 16, Yousafzai became the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize. She also frequently blogged about life in Pakistan under Taliban rule.

We’re so excited to see what greatness you achieve at Oxford, Malala! 

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