Kristen Stewart is going to college at the University of Los Angeles to study English Literature, having decided to take a break from the movie business after her devastating split from Robert Pattinson.
Stewart’s decision to get her college degree comes just days after reports that the Twilight actress has reached her boiling point with the media's incessant coverage of her relationship with Pattinson. Stewart is now weighing the option of leading a life out of the spotlight, and decided that graduating from college is the first step to broadening her horizons.
“She is already considering a life after film. She never got to complete college and she wants to get a proper education,” a source told The Sun. Stewart acknowledges the grueling schedule that comes with school, but is excited to channel her love of reading into securing a degree. “She is a voracious reader and cannot wait to get going on her correspondence course,” the source said.
“It won’t be easy and it will mean putting in some fairly strenuous hours. But once she’s graduated, Kristen will be able to do almost anything she wants, in or out of Hollywood,” the insider added. Despite the intense commitment necessary for college classes, Stewart will continue to film her current movie, Camp X-Ray, while taking English classes remotely.
Stewart first hinted at her college aspirations at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, when she revealed that she had always planned on getting her degree. “I was always good in school…[and] I never, ever imagined that I wouldn’t go to college, I just got caught up in things,” Stewart said. “What I knew when I was younger was that I wanted to know that I was going to be really challenged, and I am. I didn’t want to step out of what was already really challenging me,” the Breaking Dawn star explained.
Stewart’s UCLA college classes will not only be a challenge, but will also serve as a welcome distraction for the 23-year-old actress who has been struggling to move past her breakup with Pattinson. While filming Camp X-Ray in a desolate location, Stewart has reportedly been missing Pattinson more than ever, and is reportedly reaching her breaking point with the press.
“She definitely misses him,” a source said. “This is when she could really lean on Rob, 'cause he would always make her feel safe and he would make her laugh. Kristen has said it many times – no one can replace Rob,” the insider added. Stewart has been searching for a way to “get away from Rob drama, LA [and] the paparazzi,” and being integrated into UCLA life will certainly provide her an escape. “It’s all she can do not to pull a Kanye on the cameras. She’s hoping to clear her mind… and not worry about the world,” the source explained.