Miley Cyrus opts out of college
Don't look for Miley Cyrus walking the halls of academia this fall when scads of teens become college freshmen. As we shared in this morning's Mix, the 17-year-old graduating senior doesn't plan to go to college right now, though she is busy trying to shed her "Hannah Montana"-fueled Disney image and make the transition into adulthood in other ways.
"My sister went to MTSU in Nashville, so I'd probably want to be there with all my friends, but I'm not gonna go to college right now," Cyrus said in a Monday interview with an Atlanta radio station. "I am a firm believer that you can go back at any age you want, because my grandma went back to college at 62 years old."
But is deferring an education a good idea -- even if you are a tween sensation with a decent chance of transitioning into a full-blown adult career?
There's plenty of precedent when it comes to teen stars opting to skip the academic track in favor of continuing to build their careers. Just look at Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan-- well, maybe I'll stop there. You get the point.
On the other hand, there are also lots of positive examples of young celebs who hit pause on their budding careers to make time for school: Jodie Foster, Claire Danes and even "Harry Potter's" Emma Watson, who is managing to juggle work, Burberry ads and her courses at Rhode Island's Brown University. In fact, Watson -- 2009's highest paid actress -- has even signed up for an acting class.
But, according to Bob Bardwell, a guidance counselor at Monson High School in Monson, Mass., Cyrus's plan may be the best fit for her if her ultimate goal is to continue to pursue the pop star/actress track.
"There are other tangibles she may be missing out on -- like learning about independence -- but college should be a means to an end," said Bardwell. "If she wanted to be an elementary school teacher, then I'd tell her in order to do that you need to go to college."
Though, Bardwell did say that it is a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly by Cyrus or her parents and that Cyrus, like other graduating seniors who don't plan on college, should have a firm plan in place -- like volunteering or traveling -- for becoming a more rounded person.
"There are professional athletes who forego college to head right to the pros," said Bardwell. "If that's what she needs to do, that's what she needs to do. She may decide later on it wasn't a good decision."
What do you think?
| May 25, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
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