Vanessa Carlton has studied on-and-off-again at Columbia University since 2005.
With a hot pop career, why is furthering her education important?
“It’s endlessly important on so many levels,” the 27-year-old singer/songwriter tells me “Forget your artwork. Obviously it’s going to help endlessly in terms of lyrics and things, but just to become a fully-formed human being. We all have an obligation to soak up as much as we can of this world, and education makes you more powerful and a better interpreter of life. If you are an actor or a musician, you’d better continue your studies. I’m always more captivated and interested in people who have that kind of curiosity within them and they satiate it through education.”
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What does she hope to major in – music or philosophy?
“I’d probably be an English major,” she says. “I’d rather expand my horizons. I love English literature, and that compliments the kind of music training that I have. I still do push myself musically. I’m classically trained, so I’m always trying to start new pieces. I’d like to be more on the writing side of things.”