Lady Gaga Ditched NYU To Study The Art Of Fame

'I really felt New York was my teacher and that I needed to bite the bullet and go it alone,' she tells Elle.

[artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] has managed to go from underground dance-music sensation to full on pop superstar, thanks to a slew of catchy hit singles, a renegade spirit and a fashion sense that has left everyone equally perplexed and interested.

And before she made the transition to the pants-hating Gaga we all know and love, she was just a girl going to college trying to figure out the best strategy to get famous.

So what was her first move toward fame? Dropping out of school.

"I loved NYU, but I thought I could teach myself about art better than the school could. I really felt New York was my teacher and that I needed to bite the bullet and go it alone," she said in the Women in Music issue of Elle magazine. "I wasn't interested in going to frat parties. ... I was really interested in the music scene and waitressing and cleaning toilets, or whatever the f--- it was I was doing."

The other things she was interested in included "sex, pornography, art, fame, obsession, drugs and alcohol," all of which she used as inspiration for her album The Fame.

"Why would anyone care to listen to me if I wasn't an expert in what I write about? And the album itself is the story of me and my friends and, again, our lives in New York — and you either want to know about it and be a part of it, or you don't," she said. "I am completely, 100 percent honest in what I do and who I am, and I've got nothing to hide."