12/08/2008 at 09:00 AM EST
With deadline time on college applications approaching, actress Emma Roberts has honed in on two schools in New York.
"I really loved Sarah Lawrence and NYU," the onetime star of Nickelodeon's Unfabulous
, now 17, told PEOPLE at a Hotel for Dogs
event held at New York's FAO Schwarz Friday.
"When I got to Sarah Lawrence or NYU," she says of her campus visits, "I could really see myself walking around here making friends."
Roberts – whose dad is actor Eric Roberts and whose aunt is Julia Roberts
– also explained what a busy time this has been for her and her friends.
"Nobody has left the house for the past few weeks, because everyone's just trying to get their college applications done," she said.
With her interests in photography, writing and literature, there's one thing Roberts isn't keen on studying at school: acting.
"Definitely not," she said with a laugh, despite her bloodline and her own accomplishments – including two movies, The Winning Season
, due to be shown at Sundance in January.
"I'd be too nervous," Roberts said about any potential acting class. "Because I'd already worked, I'd feel like everyone would be like judging me. I would be too embarrassed to do a play."
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