10/09/2013 10:43 am ET

Vanessa Hudgens Wants To Go To College, Is Staying Away From Drugs and Parties


Vanessa Hudgens may take a hiatus soon from acting to pursue another dream: college. Hudgens' career exploded when she was just 17, starring in the beloved "High School Musical," though her acting career had begun a full three years earlier with the indie drama "Thirteen."

In an interview with British Cosmopolitan's student magazine, Cosmo On Campus, Hudgens revealed her desire to go back to school: "I got into acting young and I wasn't as fascinated with learning as I am now. The older I get, the more curious I become. I'd like to study film or photography one day."

Key to her ambition, it seems, is Hudgens' avoidance of the partying/club scene other celebs partake in. To have arrived at fame and fortune as young as Hudgens did, her resolve to remain healthy and sober is quite noble.

"I have never liked partying; I love dancing, but that's as far as it goes," she told Cosmo On Campus. "It's tough because a lot of clubs are everything I loathe, especially in L.A. They're always very ego-filled and people get up to mischief. It's just not a pure environment. I stay away from [drugs] because I know it's smart to steer clear."

Hudgens relies on her bestie and fellow "High School Musical" star, Ashley Tisdale, to keep her on track. The pair skip flashy clubs and opt for conversation and wine to decompress after a long week. They also help each other a lot when it comes to relationships and breakups, Hudgens says, both of which the actresses have experienced quite a bit of in recent years.

If Hudgens decides to add a college degree to her repertoire, she would join a weighty and impressive list of celebs with higher education degrees, including Eva Longoria, Jennifer Garner, Natalie Portman, Rachel McAdams, and many others.

So keep an eye out, students. Vanessa Hudgens may be joining your classes soon.