Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Photo: Amanda Bynes Attends a Movie Premiere, March 11, 2009

Amanda Bynes is taking the bull by the horns and creating a new life for herself now that she’s been released from the inpatient rehab program she’s been in since early this fall — and she’s already taken the first step toward achieving her new, substance-free dreams: enrolling in fashion school.

According to TMZ, Amanda’s already signed up for classes at FIDM, or the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising at their Orange County campus. Sound familiar to you? It’s the same school Lauren Conrad attended on The Hills!

A source says that Amanda’s easing back into the routine of school by taking a light class load and will be escorted to and from class, which is probably for the best. The source also adds that going to classes will help Amanda regain some structure out in the real world, which is essential for her to continue becoming healthier.

Amanda will balance classes with her therapy sessions, which she must attend four times weekly to keep her recovery going out of rehab.

One of the 27-year-old actress’s first outings since being released from the Malibu treatment center? Walking the dog with her parents, who she’ll be living with as she recovers.

Wishing you the best, Amanda! Don’t forget to do your homework.

Source: TMZ