"Their reasons for going to college are not vocational," Pagnotta said. "They know a lot about lots of things from working in the real world since they were toddlers. This is their chance to explore." While both are taking a required writing course this semester, Ashley is signed up for Italian and is interested in pursuing psychology and business while Mary-Kate is enrolled in a photography course and leaning toward the arts.
They are also both "exploring" New York's nightlife, shops and coffee bars, even the swank Hamptons, according to reports in the tabloids the last couple of weeks. The gossip columns have also been filled with tidbits about Ashley and a new boyfriend, and Mary-Kate parting ways with an old one, a Hollywood mogul's son who is a freshman in Boston. The paparazzi seem particularly interested in capturing Mary-Kate at restaurants or walking around town holding a cup of coffee.
This would be deemed typical New York behavior if it weren't intended to raise speculation about how she's managing an eating disorder. Mary-Kate, the darker-haired twin who in the movies plays the funkier, more carefree one to blond Ashley's strait-laced character, was treated this summer at a center in Utah for the disorder, which frankly is one of the things that most likens this fantastically wealthy young woman to her college peers.