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At 17, Blackish star Yara Shahidi has done a lot. And by a lot, I mean she’s been on a hit show, obtained her own spinoff series, Grownish for Freeform, made a name for herself as a young activist, been accepted to Harvard, been hair goals, and so on and so forth. But the one thing she hasn’t jumped at the opportunity to do is date.

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While some young women in the limelight are often known for their romantic relationships around this age (*coughs* Kylie Jenner *coughs*), Shahidi is one of the few who hasn’t been linked to anyone. Like, not a one. That’s because she says that a relationship is not something she’s interested in trying to fit on an already full plate.

“I haven’t dated anybody. My general outlook is if I don’t have time to take a bath on a regular basis, then I don’t have time for another human,” she told Seventeen. “I love being busy, and I enjoy where I am at right now.”

The college-bound star has had to defer her entry into Harvard for “at least a year” to shoot her shows, so she’s not playing when she says she’s too busy to make a love connection happen with anyone anytime soon. She told PEOPLE that she’s been working most of her life so that’s all she knows. But when the time comes to step off the set of Blackish and Grownish to be at Harvard, she plans to have the full everyday experience and be on campus. She may not be serious about dating, but she’s incredibly serious about getting her degree (preferably in sociology).

“I think no matter what, I know that I want to go to college. I know that I’m going to defer a year and I’m willing to have a more unorthodox college experience, but at a certain point I want to be on a campus,” Shahidi said. “I don’t know what that means for me at this moment, but I know that the creator of the show supports me and everybody on the show again supports how adamant I am about my education.”

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