Malala attends her first lecture at Oxford

Malala attends her first lecture at Oxford

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.

On October 9, 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was almost killed by a Taliban gunman who was angry with her efforts to promote schooling among girls in her native Pakistan.

The 20-year-old tweeted a photo of three philosophy books on Monday as she went to her first lecture in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, or PPE - a course studied by many world leaders. On Oct. 9, 2012, a masked gunman boarded her school bus and after asking for her by name, shot Yousafzai in the head.

Using a pen name, she wrote blog posts for the BBC about life in the Swat Valley, an area of Pakistan that was largely controlled at the time by the Taleban.

After being airlifted to a hospital in England, Yousafzai and her family relocated there. She almost died, but survived and underwent extensive reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation in Britain. Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's first female prime minister, is also an alma matter of Lady Margaret Hall since the 1970s.

Yousafzai also engaged in friendly banter with her brother Khushal Yousafzai, much to the delight of Twitterati.

She remained successful to become an internationally known symbol and an advocate for the fight to improve girls literacy around the world.

She was later flown to the United Kingdom for treatment and completed her secondary education after recovering. But there were two items she said she would definitely add to her suitcase: English Breakfast tea and flip-flops for the dormitory shower.

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