Upon her release from prison, Metz moved home to New Orleans and enrolled at Southern University.
Metz made the dean's list with a 3.75 GPA in her second semester. This week, Obama sent her a note of congratulations.
“I am so proud of you, and am confident that your example will have a positive impact for others who are looking for a second chance,” Obama wrote. “Tell your children I say hello, and know that I’m rooting for all of you.”
Metz expressed gratitude for her clemency in the Hechinger Report interview.
“You don't know what you did for me,” Metz imagined herself telling Obama. “I’m finally coming into my own. I made the honor roll.”