Being sent to the principal’s office is normally not a good thing—except if Nicki Minaj is your principal. The “Super Bass” rapper surprised over 400 students by taking over Collins Academy High School in Chicago as “Principal for the Day.” Her visit was one of many rewards for the students and teachers who won the Get MotivatED Challenge to improve daily attendance rates.
The LaGuardia High School graduate, beaming in a patterned yellow jumpsuit and short blonde wig, presented three students with $10,000 college scholarships, helped teach a freshman English class, and joined MTV’s Sway Calloway for an assembly to honor the students’ and teachers’ accomplishments.
“I am a young, female mogul before I am an artist. As a business woman there isn’t a single day where I don’t use my education or acquire new knowledge to ensure my success,” Nicki told the students. “Regardless of where you are today, with education you can take yourself where you want to be. That’s why I am working with the Get Schooled Foundation. They are finding innovative and exciting ways to bring that message to schools like the Collins Academy.”