Malala Yousafzai has had a life experience unlike any other. Malala was just 11-years-old when she started blogging for BBC. She wrote about growing up in Pakistan under the occupation of the Taliban. Her speaking out on the experience almost cost her her life. In the summer of 2012, Taliban leaders decided that they would kill Malala for raising awareness of what life for young people in the region was like. That October, Malala was shot in the head on a bus ride home from school.
Malala recovered from the shooting and has become one of the most powerful youth activists in the world. She’s now 22-years-old and a senior at Oxford. Malala is savoring her education while fighting to secure the right to education for girls around the world. While Malala opens up about her triumphs in the Teen Vogue feature, she’s also getting real about the other side, commenting on her mental health.